This activity is part of a collaboration project that the Seventh Joint Standing Committee Quebec-Wallonia-Brussels 2011-2013 gave the research Chair on mistreatment of older adults and the Walloon Agency to fight elder abuse, better known as Respect Seniors. This project entitled Joint discussions around the implementation of a tool linked to the fight against elder abuse (of which you can see the details under «Activities») has already led to the accomplishment of two Quebec missions in Belgium, whereas for the Walloons, it was a first mission in  Quebec. 

Read more: Between 26 November and 1 December the Chair welcomed representatives of the Walloon Agency to... →

L’autonégligence chez les aînés : des défis pour la pratique (Self-neglect in the elderly : challenges for practice). Here is how Fiona Neesham-Grenon presented her master’s work to an audience captivated by the themes she addresses. In recent weeks, Fiona has presented the results of her research to the regional coordinators of the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Abuse 2010-2015, to representatives from the Seniors Secretariat, to members of the Walloon mission on visit in Sherbrooke as well as to her colleagues, the social workers at the CSSS-IUGS. 

Read more: Fiona Neesham-Grenon, master’s student in social work and case manager at the CSSS-IUGS, completed... →

This report deals with an original and unique response from the discussion Table Vivre et vieillir à Rosemont (Living and Aging in Rosemont), an in tandem project between the community police of the Montreal Police Department (SPVM) and Carrefour Montrose (Projet Soutien aux Victimes d’Abus - SAVA-Intervention)(Support for Abused Seniors Project – SAVA-Intervention) in situations of mistreatment of older adults, which started in Rosemont, Montreal, five years ago.

Read more: The Chair participated in the une pilule, Une petite granule program on Télé-Québec 22 November →

The 1st Francophone Congress on Frailty of older adults will take place on April 17 and 18 at l’Hôtel Dieu Saint-Jacques de Toulouse. A symposium, organized and moderated by Marie Beaulieu, will focus specifically on « L’accompagnement de la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées dans quelques états de la francophonie : des pratiques en amont, en parallèle et en aval de la fragilité » («Mistreatment support for older adults in some French-speaking states : practices prior to, in parallel with and coming after frailty»). You will recognize the majority of the presenters who will speak at this symposium, as the Chair can count them among its valuable collaborators.

Read more: Active presence by the Chair at the 1st Francophone Congress on Frailty (Toulouse, April 2013) →

Fifteen or so people now participate in the progress of the work of the Chair.

Caroline Pelletier joins the group of the five students (Marie-Ève Bédard, Louise Belzile, Marie Crevier, Annie Riendeau and Arzemina Spahic-Blazevic) whose research projects are directly related to the work of the Chair. Caroline looks at mistreatment committed by close relatives in the milieu of accommodation. Note also the participation of two graduates, former students at the Chair, who continue to make their contribution by pursuing dissemination of their work : Daphné-Maude Thivierge (legal protection of vulnerable older adults) and Fiona N. Grenon (self-neglect). Finally, two social service students (Roxane Leboeuf and Geneviève Thibault) contribute to literature reviewing.

Read more: New people join the Chair’s team →

Marie Beaulieu published the article Contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées au Québec. Bilan historique des politiques publiques et inventaire des principales actions (Countering mistreatment of older adults in Quebec.  Historic record of public policies and inventory of main actions) in the scientific and professional journal Risques & Qualité en milieu de soin (Risks and Quality in care environment) (December 2012).  The readership of this journal consists of researchers and professionals concerned by the quality and safety of care.

Read more: Recent article in the Journal Risques & Qualité, special issue on welfare →

Improving the training of future practitioners is unquestionably a goal to pursue to improve on knowledge and influence practices. In the United States, the systematic insertion of gerontological content within the curricula has been positive with regard to students’ interest in older adults as well as their career prospects. Émilie Rousseau-Tremblay[1], M.A. Gerontology, questioned the initial training on aging in the curricula of schools of social work in 8 Quebec universities. Her study shows that, overall,  the schools of social work all see training in gerontology as the meeting of two individual choices, that of the student, and that of the professor, and this despite convincing evidence indicating that this strategy is ineffective.

Read more: The Chair provides knowledge on mistreatment of older adults in various University course →

From June 23 to 27, the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics will be held in Seoul, Korea. The Chair will lead at least five conferences, including two of them directly related to the mistreatment of older adults.

Read more: Active participation of the Chair at the IAGG Congress (International Association Of Gerontology... →

For the 12th consecutive year, the Conseil pour la protection des malades (Council for the Protection of the Sick) will hold its annual conference, on June 2 and 3, at the Hilton Hotel, in Quebec City. The theme of the event this year will be "The financial abuse of vulnerable persons".

Read more: The Chair will be represented at the Council for the protection of the sick →

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 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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