Over the past two years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Research Center on Aging (CDRV) have embarked on a process to recognize the latter as a WHO collaborating center. Among the CDRV research projects and programs, two of them were chosen, namely the Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) initiative, led by Suzanne Garon, Ph.D., as well as the initiative to counter the mistreatment of older adults, otherwise known as the Chair, led by Marie Beaulieu, Ph.D.

This recognition as a WHO collaborating center, obtained in July, 2017, was officially recognized on November 7, 2017. The activity was broadcast via video-conference from the offices of the WHO in Geneva by John Beard, Director of the Ageing and Life Course Department of the WHO. For the occasion, Ms. Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying was present with the CDRV team and the two recognized researchers. Representatives of WHO were also present by video conference from the United States, as well as representatives from the Government of Quebec, including the Secrétariat aux aînés.

WHO collaborating centers are institutions designated to carry out activities aimed at supporting WHO programs at country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels (see the WHO website for more details). Collaborating Centers should also “participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development" (see the CDRV website for more details). Thus, in the continuity of its work, the Chair, as a recognized program of a WHO collaborating center, will ensure the evaluation of prevention practices, of identification and direct intervention, as well as a proposal for guidelines in order to ensure a valid and reliable measure of mistreatment that is shared between different cultures.

To date, there are more than 700 WHO collaborating centers around the world, with 7 in Quebec including the CDRV. Although no funding is associated with this recognition, it offers considerable opportunities including international partnerships and recognition at the international level. The CDRV, the AFC research groups, the Chair, and the Government of Quebec, which finances their activities, will undoubtedly benefit from this new collaboration.


In situation of emergency

If you witness or are victim of a mistreatment situation and wish to obtain information or help, please contact the Elder Abuse Help Line (for Quebec residents).

1 888 489-ABUS (2287)

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Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults
Research Centre on Aging – CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS
1036, Belvédère Sud
Sherbrooke (Québec)
J1H 4C4

Telephone : 1 819 780-2220, extension 45621

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