Adriana Herrera Duarte, a master's student in social work at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2014, filed the final version of her master's essay in July. Her essay entitled La lutte contre la maltraitance envers les personnes âgées hispanophones : réflexion à partir d’un programme de sensibilisation (Countering Mistreatment of Spanish-Speaking Older Adults: Reflection from an Awareness Program), was written under the direction of Marie Beaulieu.

Read more: A student of the Chair presents the final version of her master's degree in social work at the... →

The Chair was invited to launch the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Mistreatment 2017-2022. The launch of this second action plan was held in Québec City on June 15, 2017, the date of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, Francine Charbonneau, announced a total investment of $ 45.8 million over six years for the implementation of the plan, which has a total of 52 measures.

Read more: On June 15, 2017, the Chair was present at the launch of the Governmental Action Plan to Counter... →

The National Assembly has formally adopted Bill 115, which aims to : « combat maltreatment of seniors and other persons of full age in vulnerable situations ». Since the introduction of the bill in the fall of 2016, special consultations and public hearings have taken place.

Read more: On May 30, 2017, Bill 115 was passed by the National Assembly. (July 24, 2017) →

A first scientific article entitled A systematic review on community-based interventions for elder abuse and neglect, co-authored by researchers Gwendolyn Fearinf, Christine L. Sheppard, Lynn McDonald, Marie Beaulieu and Sander L. Hitzig, was published in The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. The purpose of this research was to analyse the data available in scientific literature with respect to the effectiveness of community-based interventions for mistreated older adults.

Read more: The Chair publishes three new articles. (July 24, 2017) →

Thanks to funding from the IXe Commission mixte permanente Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles (IXth Permanent Joint Board Québec- Wallonia-Brussels), obtained in the summer of 2016, Marie Beaulieu, Chairholder and Roxane Leboeuf, Chair coordinator, were able to carry out a work mission in Belgium with their collaborators, Respect Seniors, the Walloon Agency to counter the mistreatment of older adults.

Read more: From May 25 to June 2, 2017, the Chair was in Belgium for a week to work with Respect Seniors.... →

In January 2017, the Seniors and Pensions Policy Secretariat within Employment and Social Development Canada (SPPS-ESDC) offered selected experts the opportunity to compete for the mandate to revise two books regarding the Social Isolation of Seniors Toolkit in order to better respondto the needs of three target populations at risk of social isolation:

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The study of the mistreatment of older adults can be done from several perspectives. This is clearly demonstrated by the vast scope and the diversity of the topics covered by the five papers published by the Chair since the beginning of the year 2017. Here is a summary of these publications which consist of a scientific article, three book chapters and a brief:

Read more: The Chair has published five papers over the last four months! (May 24, 2017) →

Marie Beaulieu, the Chairholder, had the opportunity to participate in various symposia throughout the month of March. On March 9, she gave a presentation on L’intersectorialité : incontournable approche pour lutter contre la maltraitance! (Intersectorality: The Indispensible Approach to Counter Mistreatment!). This presentation was delivered during the symposium on social work as part of the Human Sciences Research Day held at the University of Sherbrooke.

Read more: The Chair attended several symposia throughout the month of March! (May 24, 2017) →

Jordan Bédard-Lessard is a master’s student in Social Work at the University of Sherbrooke. Under the direction of Marie Beaulieu, his essay is on the subject of the ABAM-MF project (Volunteering to Counter Material or Financial Mistreatment of Older Adults). Over the last few weeks, he received positive news from two scholarship applications:

Read more: Two students from the Chair have received recognition and scholarships. (May 24, 2017) →

From January 17 to 20, 2017, the Committee on Citizen Relations held special and public consultations on Bill 115: Bill aiming at countering mistreatment of older adults and of any other adult (over 18) in a vulnerable situation. The purpose of these activities was to give key actors, affected by the Bill, the opportunity to discuss with members of the National Assembly including:

Read more: Summary of the work performed by the Committee on Citizen Relations for Bill 115 (March 14, 2017) →

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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