The Forum on police training organized by the Quebec Police College was held on January 5 and consisted of several thematic workshops, including one entitled: Guide d’intervention au regard de la maltraitance envers des personnes aînées (Intervention guide regarding mistreatment of older adults). Marie Beaulieu and Nathalie Lavoie, Advisor for the Research and Strategic Planning Division of the City of Montreal Police Service for developing projects on mistreatment, were invited to present a workshop entitled: La pratique policière auprès des aînés maltraités : un nouveau défi de formation dans un Québec vieillissant (Police Practice with Mistreated Older Adults: a New Training Challenge in an Aging Quebec).

Read more: The Chair participated in the Forum sur la formation policière (Forum on police training)... →

At the end of each of its fiscal year ended on October 31, the Chair must provide its financial statements and operations report for the preceding fiscal year. When fully completed, these documents must be submitted and approved by the Advisory Committee in order for the Chair to continue its activities.

The fifth meeting of this committee took place on January 16, 2015 and focused on the Chair’s year 4 activities (November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014). All members of the committee were present:

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On February 12, the Carpe Diem’s Symposium Quebec-France will take place in Trois-Rivières. The symposium is entitled: Alzheimer et maladies apparentées. Pourquoi et comment accompagner (Alzheimer and Related Disorders. Why and How to Support People). This will be an interactive day and rooted in practice with the presentation of actual cases reflecting the various realities faced by people living with Alzheimer Disease or related disorders, their family and friends as well as the teams supporting them.

Read more: Participation of the Chair in the Carpe Diem’s Symposium Quebec-France: Alzheimer et maladies... →

The book L’exploitation financière des personnes aînées : prévention résolution et sanction was officially published by Les Éditions Yvon Blais on December 16, 2014. This book contains the contribution of a huge number of authors who participated in the 81st Congress of ACFAS which took place in May 2013 under the theme of Financial Exploitation of Seniors.

Read more: Publishing of the book L’exploitation financière des personnes aînées : prévention résolution et... →

As announced last fall, the Chair is pleased to announce that its website has been redesigned, following a new collaboration with Via l’Agence. The changes came into effect in early December 2014. Besides the visual aspect, several changes are worth noting and will make the browsing easier on our website:

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Following the Anti-Bullying Forum that took place on October 2, 2014, the Chair presented to the Ministry of Family and Seniors a collective work entitled: Older Adult Bullying. The preparation of this paper, which all members of the Chair are signatories, reflects the pooling of resources and ideas of each individual, and an extensive collaborative work.

Read more: The paper entitled Older Adult Bullying prepared by the members of the Chair is now available... →

The third annual meeting of local committees from the Estrie region to counter mistreatment of older adults was held on November 19, 2014. In attendance were the members of the committees of the following RCMs*: Les Sources (Benedict Harvey), Coaticook (Danielle Lamontagne) and Sherbrooke (Anne Caron), the Coordinator of the organization called DIRA-Estrie (Lucie Caroline Bergeron), a representative from the Sherbrooke Municipal Housing Office - SMHO (Marylene Croteau), two police officers from the City of Sherbrooke Police Service (Nicole Levesque and Isabelle Gendron), as well as the regional coordinator to counter mistreatment of older adults for the Estrie region (Paul Martel).

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On 24 November, the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, the Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, as well as the Minister of State (for seniors), Alice Wong, of the Conservative Party of Canada have announced the launch of the Report of the Social Isolation of Seniors 2013-2014 by the National Seniors Council (NSC).

In several of its previous reports, the NSC, of which Marie Beaulieu is also member, has recognized that social isolation is a major problem for the senior population. This is why, in 2013, the NSC's mission was to assess the impacts of social isolation on seniors and to explore ways of preventing and reducing the incidence. To achieve this, several seniors and key practitioners from non-profit, public and private sectors were consulted. The Chair has contributed to the progress of the work by the addition of Quebec documentation linking isolation of seniors to the problem of mistreatment.

The Report on Social Isolation of Seniors 2013-2014 first presents the consultation process, and then highlights of information gathered from key players. It then discusses about proposals regarding measures addressed to the federal government that would help to prevent and reduce social isolation of seniors in Canada.

Click on the following link to view the Report online:

On October 20 and 21, the Chair welcomed Melanie Oudewater and Dominique Langendries from Respect Seniors, the Walloon Agency to fight mistreatment against older adults. The purpose was to continue the project called Public Awareness and Training of Future Practitioners in Mistreatment Against Older Adults: A Quebec-Wallonia Crossover Experience.

During these two days, both working teams have reflected on the adaptation of the Quiz on mistreatment conceived by the Walloon Agency. A few members of the Chair were able to review this new tool and propose improvements. Related training features of practitioners were also expanded, as well as the methodological aspects to evaluate the adaptation of the tool and the training. Prospects of future collaborations have also been explored in order to pursue this project which will be completed in spring 2015. Finally, Mrs. Oudewater and Mr. Langendries were invited to co-host a lecture on the topic of mistreatment given by Marie Beaulieu for master's students in social work at the University of Sherbrooke. They have particularly addressed the Walloon practices regarding mistreatment of older adults. Students have reacted favourably to their presentation.

Barely a year after its official launch on the government's website, a revision of the Reference Guide to Counteract Mistreatment of Older Adults has already begun. The Chair actively collaborated in the preparation of the first version. It is also for this reason that Paul Martel, regional coordinator in counteracting mistreatment of older adults for the Eastern Townships region, and co-author of the Reference Guide, has again sought the collaboration of the Chair to improve several aspects.

Among the sections that will be reworked by the Chair: the continuum of services and roles related to prevention, detection, intervention and coordination; interventions for specific clienteles; the information sheet has explicitly focused on the presentation of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults. The Chair will also enhance the information regarding the intersectoral approach, positive treatment, police practices, mistreatment among residents, the reporting of mistreatment situations in nursing homes, as well as the coordination of links between research and practice.

Since several other actors have been solicited for the revision of the Reference Guide, the pooling of the proposed changes should take some time. It is anticipated that the second version of the Reference Guide will be available online on the Ministry's website in the course of the year 2015.

The current Reference Guide can be viewed in french only at:  (in french only)

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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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