There is mistreatment when

a a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older adult, whether the person deliberately wants to cause harm or not. (MF, 2017).

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COVID-19 and Residential Care Facilities: Issues and Concerns Identified by the International Network Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)

Entitled: COVID-19 and Residential Care Facilities: Issues and Concerns Identified by the International Network Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), this article focuses on the variability of protective sanitary, political and social measures implemented worldwide, while taking into consideration their direct and indirect implication in the emerging issue of mistreatment and human rights violations of older persons in the COVID-19 context.

Compiling the responses of members of the International Network for the Protection of Elder Abuse (INPEA), representing 16 countries, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults identifies three significant issues directly affecting the well-being of the older adult population. They are: prevailing ageism that reduces the quality of healthcare and other services, organisational deficiencies in infection prevention and interventions to contain outbreaks, and the collateral effects of indiscriminate, prophylactic measures on the fundamental rights of older persons living in residential facilities – specifically, the rights to security, freedom and privacy.

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Mistreatment

This section presents the major research projects led by the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, as well as recently developed knowledge. It includes an overview of the evolution of our work, the context in which it was realized, and a summary presentation of each project.

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Bullying

This section covers the key research projects of the Chair concerning the bullying of older adults and the most recent knowledge that has been developed. It includes an overview of the evolution of our work, the context in which it was realized, and a summary presentation of each project.

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Wellness Care

This section includes the key projects undertaken by the Chair concerning wellness care for older adults and recently developed knowledge of this subject. It consists of an overview of the evolution of our work, the context in which it was realized, and a summary presentation of each project.

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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 HelpLine (for Quebec residents).

The Elder Mistreatment Helpline offers a free, confidential and bilingual service from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

1 888 489-ABUS (2287)