An exchange diner followed by a transfer of knowledge seminar was organised by the Chair on June 5. The audience was composed of members from the Chair, three colleagues from the organisation Respect Seniors of Wallonia (Belgium), from the Seniors’ Secretariat and members of the table de concertation contre les mauvais traitements envers les aînés de l’Estrie (Concertation Table to Counter Mistreatment of Older Adults). Four presentations were done, here is a brief summary.
Annie Riendeau’s master’s thesis in social work: Enjeux associés à l’intervention visant à contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées vivant à domicile au Québec (Issues Linked to Intervention Aiming to Counter Mistreatment of Older Adults Living at Home in Québec).
This essay aims, based on a systematic review of articles published by researchers from Québec, to describe the issues, the challenges and the limits of intervention with older adults living at home. Three themes are explored more profoundly: the ethical and psychosocial issues of intervention, domestic violence between older spouses and the inter-professional and inter-sectoral practices to counter mistreatment. To conclude, a reflection was made on the issue that were not addressed by the research and the challenges that come from intervention in the practice of gerontological social work.
Arzemina Spahic Blazevic’s master’s thesis: Être à la fois proche aidant d’un aîné et réfugié au Québec : promotion de la bientraitance (Being a Caregiver of an Older Adults Who is a refugee in Québec: Promotion of Wellness Care).
This essay aims to reflect on the life context of refugee caregivers. It also addresses the exhaustion of caregivers as a consequence for their health and as a risk factor for mistreatment. An emphasis is made on the importance of caregivers’ accompaniment in immigrant environment with an approach promoting wellness care instead of promoting a direct approach to counter mistreatment (which could be badly perceived).
Research report: l’accompagnement bénévole dans la lutte contre la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées, l’expérience de l’AEIFA-DIRA (The accompaniment of Volunteers in Countering Mistreatment of Older Adults the AEIFA-DIRA Experience).
The Association estrienne d’Information et de Formation aux Aînés (Estrian Association of Information and Training of Older Adults) (AEIFA-DIRA) , which as the principal mission of helping older adults in mistreatment situations, obtained a grant to recruit and train new volunteers. The Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults supported this project, notably by proposing to realise a research-action process parallel to the funded project. This research had the goal of documenting volunteering actions in the field of countering mistreatment, as well as their different form of mentoring. This study has become a pilot-project that will lead to a grant request in summer 2013.
Research problem of Louise Belzile’s doctoral thesis: Les savoirs mobilisés dans l’activité instrumentée de détection des cas de maltraitance des personnes aînées (The Mobilised Knowledge in the Identification of Mistreated Older Adults’ cases) .
In the field of countering mistreatment, whether it is in prevention, case research or case follow up, as well as in many professional activities based on interactions with others, we can see the use of different tools. Little is known of the implicit knowledge in the use of tools from practitioners to support their actions. This presentation has shown the issue and the theoretical framework of this doctoral study that will lead to data collection in 2013-2014.