By: Gillian Joseph
This 9 month project ,that ran from May, 2007 to January, 2008, brought together an advisory committee of seniors from across Ontario to help to guide the research designed to illuminate the issue of elder abuse. Advisory committee members were asked to think about issues associated with physical, mental and sexual abuse, mistreatment and neglect of seniors who were living independently in the community (non-institutionalized). It allowed them the freedom to define abuse in their own terms, and to suggest barriers that prevented seniors from getting assistance.
Goals and Objectives
• To raise awareness about issues associated with elderabuse among seniors, youth and the general public in different regions of Ontario
• To raise awareness of services and supports that already exist to address elderabuse in a number of communities in Ontario
• To provide an opportunity for isolated and other seniors to use their experience and skills to identify and work to remove some of the barriers associated with connecting to interventions in their communities
Interviews, focus groups and surveys were undertaken with participants in 5 communities across Ontario which included Walkerton, Kingston, Peterborough, Thunder Bay and Guelph. Participants were self-selected, having responded to advertising in the local newspaper, posters, newsletters or other recruitment materials.
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This project was funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.