The Governmental Action Plan to Counter Mistreatment of Older Adults (2022-2027) (free translation of Plan d’action gouvernemental pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées (2022-2027)), also called PAM-3, launched on June 12, shows the priority actions in regard to countering mistreatment of older adults for the next five years. In summary, the PAM-3 proposes:
• 5 directions
• 56 measures (31 new, 25 renewed)
• $50 M in investment
The 49th measure of this action plan addresses the renewing of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults until 2027.
The 49th measure highlights that “the continuation of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults will contribute to increase the current knowledge, facilitate the documentation of the phenomenon and will improve our understanding of it. It will also ensure a knowledge transfer to different audiences, such as the scientific community and the practitioners, current and future, notably by training university students” (Government of Québec, 2022, p. 62) (free translation).
Since its creation in 2010, the Chair aims to increase the knowledge allowing to better understand and counter mistreatment of older adults. It is recognized internationally for its different work and its commitment in countering mistreatment. During its second mandate, from November 2017 to March 2022, the funding of the Research Chair has contributed to the production of 136 publications, such as 38 scientific articles, 21 book chapters, 40 research reports, 23 articles in professional journals, 5 training manuals and 9 masters’ or doctoral dissertations. During this period, the Chair offered 172 hours of initial training to 1 157 university and college students, and 49,5 hours of continuous training to 1 260 participants. It also addressed different audiences (students, practitioners, publics decision-makers, older adults’ associations, researchers, etc.) with 134 communications, in which 44 were by invitation. Since 2017, actions of the Chair were implemented to the work of the WHO’s Collaborating Centres on the Age-Friendly Communities in Canada, where the Chairholder, Marie Beaulieu, is co-director. The collaborations increased as the years went by.
To conclude, since 2010 the contribution of the Chair is major and participates to the creation of public policies based on an expertise, promising practices and conclusive data on the subject of countering mistreatment towards older adults and promoting wellness care.
To consult the PAM-3 (French only): https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/document-003402/