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Summary of the June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness activities of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults! (July 2021)

Themes: Awareness

Each year, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults participates in awareness-raising activities honoring World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15).

This year, its participation was more diversified, and the activities in which a member of the research team spoke in Québec, Canada, and internationally, numerous! Here is a summary. Where available, links for public consultation of these activities are included.

June 14, 2021

Close to 400 people participated in a webinar focusing on the links between the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation, and the mistreatment of older adults. A rich and diversified period of exchanging information and opinions followed, addressing legislation to counter mistreatment, the involvement of intersectoral stakeholders in prevention and intervention, and the long-term consequences of the pandemic for older adults.

June 15, 2021

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Marie Beaulieu gave her last in a series of weekly radio broadcasts at Pas d’âge pour vieillir at ICI Radio-Canada Première. She took the occasion to speak of the importance of remaining vigilant and proactive in preventing the development of mistreatment.

Marie Beaulieu followed this with another radio broadcast on Les matins d’ici à ICI Radio-Canada première in the Outaouais Region. She presented general content and support resources for older adults and their entourage.

Two activities were led by Caroline Pelletier, a doctoral student in gerontology under the joint direction of Marie Beaulieu (Québec) and Françoise Le Borgne-Uguen (France). One was addressed to the general population, the other to health and social services professionals. She presented key concepts in the fight against mistreatment (definition, forms, consequences) and paid particular attention to the steps that could be taken to end it. Almost a dozen people from different health regions participated.

Unfortunately, these two presentations are not available for rebroadcast.

  • Pelletier, C. et Beaulieu, M. (June 15, 2021). Mistreatment of Older Adults. How to recognise it? What actions are possible to counter this mistreatment?. (Webinar). Activity offered as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day efforts. Lac-au-Saumon (Québec).

Julien Cadieux Genesse led a webinar devoted exclusively to ageism and the fight against mistreatment. Over 40 people from the health and social service network and the community participated. He presented the following: the conception of ageism by the World Health Organisation, the bridges that could be built with the Québec concept of ageism and the possible solutions that could be deployed to confront it.

This presentation was not recorded.

  • Cadieux Genesse, J. and Beaulieu, M. (June 15, 2021). Ageism and Mistreatment: The same battle! (webinar). Activity offered as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and organised by the Committee to Counter Mistreatment (Laval).

On the Canadian stage, Roxane Leboeuf was invited to join a panel of experts for a national conversation on the prevention of mistreatment and the implementation of mechanisms to maintain and protect the rights of older adults in their communities. The group of invited experts dealt with mistreatment, the right to safe housing, the right to quality healthcare, and the right to access justice.

June 16, 2021

During an international webinar, Marie Beaulieu presented the results of a completed research project of the Chair: Psychological and Financial Mistreatment of Older Adults with Disabilities in Québec. She placed the accent on the experiences and words of the older adults she met during this project.

Unfortunately, this webinar was not recorded.

  • Beaulieu, M. (June 16, 2021). Voices of older persons with disabilities who have experienced mistreatment. (webinar). World Elder Abuse Awareness Day  2021 – International Conference organised by Trinity College Dublin and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.