Abuse Towards Older Adults
Abuse towards older adults is any action or inaction by a person in a position of trust that causes harm to an older adult. Abuse happens to an older adult when someone they know and often someone they care about limits or controls their rights and freedoms. The older adult is unable to freely make choices because they are afraid of being humiliated, hurt, left alone or the relationship ending. Abuse can be a hard word to accept and it can happen to anyone. Most often abuse of older adults occurs within the family by adult children, grandchildren, or a spouse or partner. When someone is abused by a spouse or partner we call this domestic abuse. Other relatives, friends, neighbours, caregivers, landlords, spiritual and financial advisors or anyone in a position of trust or authority can also act abusively to an older adult.
The following links are some resources, including web sites, documents and community agencies that are working hard on the issues related to abuse towards older adults.
A & O Support Services with Older Adults – Elder Abuse Services
Elder Abuse is a disturbing reality in today's society. At A & O, counsellors are available to assist seniors who are experiencing abuse, neglect or exploitation by family members or other caregivers.
Social Workers provide confidential counselling, support, advocacy and access to emergency accommodation for older adults experiencing physical, emotional and financial abuse or neglect.
Safe Suite Program
Provides temporary, free housing for men and women, 55 years or older, who are in need of a safe place to stay due to abuse or neglect.
Seniors Abuse Support Line
To learn more about senior’s abuse, and about staying safe, remember that help is just a phone call away. Our support line is here with counsellors ready to discuss your concerns and questions. We are available 24 hours a day within Manitoba. Calls are free, confidential and the telephone counsellors are trained to help with issues facing seniors.
Call the 24 hour Senior’s Abuse Support Line, 1-888-896-7183 and speak to one of our trained and caring counsellors.
You can call the Seniors Abuse Support Line even when you are not sure that what you are experiencing is abuse. We can help.
Talk to someone you trust; a physician, lawyer, elder, clergy, public health nurse, police officer, neighbor or a trusted friend or family member.
Manitoba Network for the Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults
The Manitoba Network for the Prevention of Abuse of Older Adults (MNPAOA) is a partnership of Manitoba-based organizations. The Network’s goals are: to act as a central point of contact for provincial efforts, to support regional and community initiatives to prevent abuse of older adults and to raise public awareness of elder abuse throughout the province
Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat: Provincial Elder Abuse Strategy
In 2002, the Seniors and Healthy Aging established a comprehensive Provincial strategy to address issues of the abuse of older adults. Since 2002, the Provincial Elder Abuse Strategy continues to evolve and expand. Key components of the Provincial Elder Abuse Strategy include the Elder Abuse Consultant, Seniors Abuse Referral Line, community/regional response teams, education and awareness resources, and funded partnerships with key senior serving organizations that provide direct elder abuse services.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was developed & launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).
WEAAD involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the year and for years to come.
WEAAD involves national and international activities developed by countries, communities, neighborhoods and organizations collaborating in multigenerational and multidisciplinary initiatives. It can encompass volunteer and educational programs, cultural and art events, as well as diverse use of information technology, all aiming to create a better understanding of what elder abuse is and how it can be prevented.
Protection for Persons in Care Manitoba
Manitobans benefit from a high-quality health care system that is among the world's best. Regional health authorities, professional associations and regulatory bodies, and health facility staff and management co-operatively monitor and maintain this high standard of care, ensuring a safe environment for patients and residents.
The Protection for Persons In Care Act (the Act) is a law to help protect adults from abuse while receiving care in personal care homes, hospitals or any other designated health facility.
Elder Abuse Guide
Elder Abuse Decision Tree
Elder Abuse Scenarios
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