POSITION IN THE CHAIR:
Former student under the direction of Marie Beaulieu
E-mail : Daphné-Maude Thivierge
Topic: The vulnerable older adult and mistreatment at home: a complex issue.
Brief description: Mistreatment of seniors is a social issue with serious consequences and has become a priority for governments. We approach this polymorphous phenomenon by focusing first on relevant general concepts and by bringing a critical eye. Identifying such situations is difficult: since in addition of difficulties encountered by professionals, general overviews of stakeholders require further elaboration. Our study has focused on able seniors but vulnerable, concept that is certainly not easy to convey. In order to avoid ageism, the province of Quebec has refused to establish a special law in protecting seniors, since it relies on the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which includes the concept of abuse. Moreover, in general, professionals cannot report mistreatment situations because of the obligation of professional secrecy. The decision to protect a mistreated senior raises very sensitive legal and ethical dilemmas. Finally, we discussed about different interventions implemented in an attempt to deal with this social issue and in order to optimize the protection of vulnerable seniors.
Master’s degree in Health Law (2012), Université de Sherbrooke
The Quebec Bar, 2009
Bachelor’s degree in Law (2007), Université de Montréal
PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
Beaulieu, M., & Thivierge, D.-M. (soumis été 2012). Aspects psychosociaux et enjeux légaux dans la réponse à la maltraitance envers les personnes aînés au Québec. Dans A. Soden (Ed.) Le droit des aînés au Québec. Montréal : Lexis Nexis (maison d’édition francophone partenaire au Québec).
La maltraitance : une conséquence de l’âgisme contre laquelle il faut lutter. (2011) 2:6 Journal du Regroupement des Comités des usagers 2.
Le consentement comme prérequis aux interventions médicales. (2011) 3:1 Journal du Regroupement des Comités des usagers 6.
INVOLVEMENT IN THE CHAIR’S RESEARCH PROJECT(S):
Writing of an article.