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Welcome to the website of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults. If you are interested in the development of knowledge concerning the mistreatment of older adults and the transfer of this knowledge to practice settings and the general public, this site is for you. Are you searching for a review of the state of knowledge of this topic in Quebec, in Canada and throughout the world? This site offers answers.

The creation of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults is one of the 52 foundational elements of the Quebec Government’s Action Plan to Counter Mistreatment of Older Adults (2017–2022). In 2010, the Research Chair received its first five-year mandate, with funding from the Secrétariat aux aînés. This mandate was extended to 2017. That same year, the Secrétariat aux aînés approved financing for another five-year term, until 2022. According to the INPEA (International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse), the Research Chair is the only one of its kind in the world.

Since the winter of 2010–2011, the Chair has sought to expand knowledge to better understand and counter the mistreatment of older adults. This core objective will be reached through the following four orientations:

  • Orientation 1 – Research: to lead research on the mistreatment of older persons and two, related issues: bullying and, wellness care This work is of a theoretical, empirical, practical (praxeological), and evaluative nature. It can address the concepts vital to a better understanding of these phenomena, (forms and types of mistreatment, bullying, and wellness care, etc.) and additionally focus on stakeholders, the dynamics and effects of these phenomena, interventions (prevention, detection, and follow-up), risk and prevention factors, etc.
  • Orientation 2: Outreach: to disseminate (orally or in writing) acquired knowledge to Quebec, Canadian and international communities.
  • Orientation 3: Training: to transmit acquired knowledge through academic means (initial training in college-level, undergraduate, and graduate studies) or in training developed for field practitioners.
  • Orientation 4: Knowledge Transfer: to transmit acquired knowledge to governments, public policy planners, practitioners, seniors’ associations, etc. It also requires giving prompt replies to questions and issues raised by the Secrétariat aux aînés and, when called upon, exchanging with the ministre responsable des Aînés et de la Lutte contre l’intimidation, on the subject of mistreatment or any other related issue.

We invite you to consult our website on a regular basis to stay abreast of news concerning the Research Chair and the issue of the fight against the mistreatment of older adults.