Elder Abuse in two parts: the needs and wants of older adults (shows 146 & 147)

Holding Hands with Elderly PatientAt some point, you’re going to be caring for an elderly parent or grandparent. At the very least, hopefully you’ll be cared for when you get older. Sometimes, even the most caring individuals find themselves getting angry at the person they love.


What do older adults need and want?


What happens when an older adult is treated unkindly?


What are some warning signs if you suspect an elderly person is at risk?


Part 1: What is elder abuse? What support is out there? What do families typically ask? How is it reported? What are the legal consequences? How is it investigated?

Broadcasted: Sunday January 19, 2014 1100-1200 Eastern Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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Part 2: Elder Mediation: When is mediation a good choice? How does mediation work? For what situations is this best? What happens as a result?

Broadcasted: Sunday January 26, 2014 1100-1200 Eastern Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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When we get older, we often need help with getting food, maintaining our homes or finding suitable shelter, or managing our finances. What support do we need to do this? 


Elder abuse is any neglectful or harmful act on an older person by someone whom they trust. Elder abuse includes physical, psychological, and financial abuse from treating someone as inferior to the criminal activity of stealing and assault. Very simply, it’s about the relationship…the relationship between family members and friends when we get older.


If you are a victim of abuse, you may think you are alone. You are NOT alone. You have rights. You can direct services to get the help you need. There are police services to help support your personal safety. There is help to get your needs met.


When Wendy Meek, Elder Mediation Service Coordinator for Community Justice Initiatives, spoke about restorative responses to older adult abuse and neglect, she mentioned that the same message appears over and over again…we are NOT ALONE!

Often we feel embarrassed to ask for help or don’t want to be a “bother”. However, when we feel safe enough to share what’s important to us and everyone involved gets a chance to express that and be heard, relationships are restored, connection happens, and solutions emerge that were not there before. It’s easier than we think. 




Liz (Elizabeth) Nieson, RN,  Elder Abuse Consultant with Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. She works in partnership with Waterloo Regional Police Services to prevent and respond to elder abuse by working in partnership with the community to enhance the safety and well being of older adults. Contact: Elder Abuse Response Team 519.579.4607


Sheli O’Connor MSW, RSW, Vulnerable Seniors Community Service Lead with CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin 234 St. Patrick St. East., Fergus, ON N1M 1M6 Contact: 519.843.6191 ext.303 or ext.310


Wendy Meek, Elder Mediation Service Coordinator for Community Justice Initiatives Contact: 519.744.6549 ext.106


Important Links and Supports


Family Violence Project (defining abuse, services and options)

Community Justice Initiatives for Mediation Support (for help having conversations with friends, family, and colleagues)

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (legal clinic for low income older adults) 2 Carlton Street, Suite 701 Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1J3 416.598.2656 

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: Senior Safety Line 1.866.299.1011 (24/7, in 150 languages)

National Crime Stoppers (Canada),  Guelph-Wellington Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.TIPS (8477)

Waterloo Wellington Health Line (Having trouble 310.2222 for help)

Community Care Access Centre (CCAC – Health Care at Home)

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA – Mental Health for all) CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin


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