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Participation of the Chair to the 40th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the 4th Pan American Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics which will take place in Ottawa from October 21 to 23

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As part of the 40th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the 4th Pan American Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults will participate to the symposium Emerging National/Regional Strategies for Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect in Later Life.

Marie Beaulieu, Chairholder of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, will give a conference entitled Mistreatment of Older Adults in the Americas: What Are the Research Directions? The conference will take place Saturday October 22 of 2011 at the Westin hotel in Ottawa, in Ontario.

Description of the symposium :

In the northern and southern hemispheres, the cases of mistreatment and neglect towards older adults are reported since the middle of the 1960s. Just as in the case for mistreatment towards children, then domestic violence, the first efforts were often undertaken on an ad hoc basis on a local level by individuals, by NGO and public services. The research was scattered and mainly qualitative. This symposium, organised by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), highlights the progress of policies and legislations, programs, the practice and the research in the Americas and puts emphasis on emerging regional and national strategies. Jordan Kosberg, representative of the INPEA of the United States, will present an overview of the initiatives put forwards by the States and the Federal concerning the legislations, awareness and education. Charmaine Spencer, representative of the INPEA of Canada, will present an update of the legislation related to the protection of adults in the thirteen provinces and territories by highlighting what we could take from these different approaches. She will present the key elements and goals of the recent initiatives of the federal government concerning mistreatment. Martha Liliana Giraldo, representative of the INPEA of Mexico, will describe the governmental answer to mistreatment and neglect, the health and social services of her country. Marie Beaulieu, representative of the INPEA for North America, will focus on the research in this domain. Her presentation will describe the results of American, Canadian, Mexican, other countries of South America and the Caribbean. Gloria Gutman, president of the INPEA, will bring a global vision of the issue.

Description of Marie Beaulieu’s conference:

In North America like everywhere else, mistreatment towards older adults is a social, political and public health issue. The Action plan on aging of Madrid, which celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012, highlights the importance of acting to counter this issue. As well has observing the changes in social policies and the practice, we also noted the development of knowledge. Before Madrid’s Plan, many works tried to define mistreatment and attributed statistical characteristics to the victim and the abuser. Since 2002, we have seen the publication of many sophisticated prevalence and incidence studies and a lot of studies about the complex issues related to the identification and intervention in mistreatment context. Based on the information given by the national and regional representatives of the INPEA, we will present a summary of the research currently undertaken in the Americas. We are interested to the subjects and issues studied in multiple countries and this presentation will allow to give a first answer to the following questions:

  1. What do we know about mistreatment in the Americas?
  2. What are the avenues explored?
  3. What are the avenues that needs exploration?
  4. How can we work together  to produce knowledge that can be compared?

For more information about this congress, please visit the Canadian Association on the Canadian Association on Gerontology ‘s website