Elder Abuse Awareness

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by a person in a position of trust that causes harm to an older person. This includes emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse as well as instances of neglect and violation of rights.

80% of elder abuse in Canada is hidden or goes undetected. As Canada’s ageing population continues to grow, elder abuse is a problem we can no longer ignore.

The video below was created with the participation of community members in Calgary to raise awareness of Elder Abuse,what it looks like and what we can do about it. Please take a moment to watch it.

Education and Development for the General Public

Basic training on Elder Abuse

This course is designed for people who interact with older adults in their day-to-day tasks, such as bank tellers, home health aids, pharmacists, apartment building managers and others. The course takes approximately half an hour to complete.

After completing the online training course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and describe types of elder abuse.
  • Identify rates of prevalence of elder abuse.
  • Identify and describe barriers to reporting elder abuse.
  • Identify and describe risk factors for older adults.
  • Identify provincial and federal legislation in Alberta that that applies to cases of elder abuse.
  • Identify community resources in Calgary, Alberta for victims, perpetrators and community members who suspect elder abuse or are concerned about an older adult.

This course will empower you with basic information so that you will know what to do if you encounter or suspect elder abuse.

For more information, and to gain access to the course, contact us.

Learn the signs

Would you recognize the signs of elder abuse? Watch this video and see why we all need to be The Gatekeepers of our vulnerable seniors.