The first edition of the School of Social Work’s seminar was held on April 21 and 22 at the University of Sherbrooke (U of S). Under the theme of Social Gerontology, this activity allowed to showcase the work of bachelor’s and master’s students, as well as research projects carried out by professors. All members of the University’s faculties as well as several partners from the health and social services network and from the community network were invited to this event.

Read more: Three students from the Chair showcased their work and the Chair’s during the School of Social... →

The Chair’s work on older adult bullying was initiated in 2014 following an invitation from the Government of Quebec to participate in the Anti-Bullying Forum which took place on October 2 of the same year. In November 2015, the same government delineated the actions of various players in countering bullying (all populations combined) by implementing the Action Plan to Prevent and Counter Bullying 2015-2018. Out of the 53 measures, 11 specifically targeted older adults. The Chair was appointed as the main partner for achieving two of them.

Read more: The Chair currently leads four projects dealing with older adult bullying. (April 21, 2016) →

The ABAM-MF project (Volunteering to Counter Financial and Material Mistreatment of Older Adults) completed its first year of funding on April 1. This research project aims to document volunteer action (management, actions and benefits) in countering financial and material mistreatment of older adults, in order to identify the specific characteristics and enhance it with a Practice guide. With regard to the methodology provided, the project is progressing according to six key stages:

Read more: Data collections are well underway for the ABAM-MF project. (April 21, 2016) →

The IPAM project (Police Intervention with mistreated older adults) began in July 2013 after obtaining a grant from the Government of Canada’s program New Horizons for Seniors. It aims at developing a police practice model to counter mistreatment of older adults. Several tools are included in this model such as: a local guideline, an intervention procedure for older adults, training modules and a detection toolbox intended for police officers for detecting mistreatment of older adults.

Read more: The Chair adapted the detection toolbox for the IPAM project and submitted the version to the... →

On December 2, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS), as well as the Ministry of Family (MF) gave a specific mandate to cutting-edge practice to counter mistreatment of older adults of the University-affiliated centre of social gerontology of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. This mandate consisted of developing a policy framework to counter mistreatment of older adults in institutional and long-term care settings.

Read more: The Chair participated in the working committee for the development of a policy framework to... →

At the end of 2015, Marie Beaulieu and three members of the Chair, Marie Crevier, Monia D'Amours and Luisa Diaz published an article in the prestigious Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. In the article "Financial Exploitation of Older Women: A Case Analysis Using the Struggle for Recognition Theory", Marie Crevier collects a situation of mistreatment in the framework of her doctoral thesis in Gerontology at the University of Sherbrooke. The team conducted its analysis based on Honneth’s Struggle for Recognition Theory and its three central components: primary relationships, legal relations and community of value.

Read more: The Chair publishes two articles in renowned journals: The Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and... →

The 4th National Elder Abuse Conference took place in Melbourne (Australia) from February 23 to 25, 2016. The theme of the Conference was: Ageism, Rights and Innovations. Marie Beaulieu was the keynote speaker on February 24, 2016. She started the day by giving a conference entitled "Countering Elder Abuse in Quebec".

Read more: Marie Beaulieu was the keynote speaker at the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference which was held... →

The 5th International Conference of the International Network on Age, Citizenship and Socio-Economic Integration (REIACTIS) took place in Lausanne (Switzerland) from February 10 to 12, 2016. This year’s theme was: "Ageing and Empowerment - Between Resources and Vulnerabilities".

Interested in this topic, the three doctoral students in the Gerontology program, at the University of Sherbrooke, under the direction of Marie Beaulieu, proposed oral communications which were all accepted.

Read more: Three students from the Chair made presentations at the 5th International REIACTIS Conference held... →

October 31, 2015 was the date chosen by the Chair to close its first five years of activities. At the end of each year, an annual report of activities and a financial statement must be produced and submitted for approval to our Advisory Committee. This year, in order to assess the progress made, the Chair has instead prepared a summary report of all activities carried out between 2010 and 2015 as well as a financial statement. These documents were submitted to the Chair’s Advisory Committee on February 16, 2016.

Read more: The Chair presented to its Advisory Committee the summary report of activities and the financial... →

Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen, from the University of Western Brittany (Brest) and Marie Beaulieu, Chairholder of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults are working with the Quebec Association of Gerontology (QAG) to co-edit a thematic issue on Countering mistreatment by promoting rights or by using the Act.

Read more: Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen and Marie Beaulieu will co-edit an issue on mistreatment of older adults... →

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