The 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) took place in Montreal from October 20 to 22, 2016. This year’s topic was Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging

In addition of Marie Beaulieu’s (the Chairholder) presentation, four current and former students under the Chairholder’s direction made a presentation: Audrey Allard, Marie-Ève Bédard, Jordan Bédard-Lessard and Caroline Pelletier. Together, they made nine presentations. Here is a brief summary of the topics discussed:

Read more: During the month of October, five members of the Chair participated in the 45th Annual Scientific... →

On August 17-18, The École d’été de perfectionnement sur le vieillissement de l’Université de Moncton (Summer school of advanced training in aging from the Université de Moncton) held its first edition of training sessions under the theme "Se perfectionner pour mieux intervenir" (Continuous training for better interventions). The purpose of this program is to provide French conferences and training sessions on various topics related to aging. In order to do this, numerous experts are involved. This program is intended for any type of health and social services professionals who are working with older adults.  The aim is to share successful practices for all professionals.

Read more: Marie Beaulieu was one of the speakers invited to the first edition of training sessions provided... →

Implemented in 2010, the Action Plan to Counter Elder Abuse included four structuring actions: an advertising campaign to raise awareness about mistreatment (the first one was featuring Yvon Deschamps); a provincial help line, the Ligne Aide Abus Aînés (LAAA) (Elder Abuse Help Line); a group of coordinators located in each of the Québec regions, as well as three coordinators with a mandate for specific communities: one with cultural communities, one with First Nations communities, and one with Cree communities of James Bay, and finally a Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults.

Read more: The Chair’s activities, in the fall of 2016, reflect a strong synergy between the structuring... →

The Chair began its work on the conceptual clarification of older adult bullying and mistreatment in summer 2014, at the time when the Chair participated in the Anti-Bullying Forum held by the Government of Québec. Since then, its work has undergone several knowledge transfers. First, a public submission was posted on the website of the Ministry of Family in 2014, and an article was published in the Service social journal of the Université Laval in 2016. The Chair also received more than a dozen invitations to make presentations on this topic throughout Québec.

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At the end of 2015, the Chair, in collaboration with DIRA-Estrie, received a grant from the Quebec Age-Friendly Program (QADA) to carry out the project : DAMIA - Help seeking  for older adult mistreatment and bullying. The purpose of this project is to identify factors that hinder older adults to seek help in situations of mistreatment or bullying, as well as needs for awareness initiatives that would make the request for help easier for older adults. The aim is to enhance the awareness practices of community-based organizations by using a practice guide.

Read more: Data collection is well underway for the project on Enhancing Awareness Practices of... →

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO), whose mission is to mobilize and harness the energy and expertise of members around the world. The IFA consists of members from diverse backgrounds: governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, etc.  Ultimately, the primary aim is to influence age-related policies that improve the lives of older adults.

Read more: Marie Beaulieu is now recognized as a worldwide expert in aging by the International Federation on... →

In August 2016, Jordan Bédard Lessard was awarded a $3000 graduate scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation in the Other Disciplines category. Jordan is master’s student in Social Work at the University of Sherbrooke. He is currently writing his essay in the framework of the ABAM-MF project (Volunteering to Counter Financial and Material Mistreatment of Older Adults) under the director of Marie Beaulieu. Jordan is focusing specifically on the professionalization of volunteer action to counter financial and material mistreatment of older adults.

Read more: A Chair’s student received a scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation. (Septembre 15, 2016) →

On July 11 and 13, 2016, the Chair had the pleasure of welcoming Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen (PhD) while she was in Québec for the Congrès international des sociologues de langue française (International Congress of French-Speaking Sociologists). Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen is professor and researcher in Sociology at the University of Western Brittany (Brest) in France. She takes a keen interest in various aspects of aging, especially the legal protections of older adults.

Read more: The Chair had the pleasure of welcoming Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen. (Septembre 15, 2016) →

Summer vacations are over and people are going back to work.  For the Chair, the usual hustle and bustle of the fall season is back!  With a full agenda ahead!  Here are the major activities scheduled for the fall season: 

Read more: A busy fall season for the Chair! (Septembre 15, 2016) →

The IPRAS Model (Integrated Police Response for Abused Seniors) was jointly developed by the Chair and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) (City of Montréal Police Service) as part of a three-year action research project. This project was carried out, thanks to a $700 000 grant from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Read more: The IPRAS Action-Research project that ended on June 30 is now in a knowledge transfer process... →

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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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