The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to announce that the Southeastern Ontario Portal for Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) website is up and ready for your feedback and recommendations.  The site has been developed to provide information that is important to Health Care Providers and people living in Ontario.

We invite you to participate in the user-testing feedback survey.

This 2 page handout is intended to help physicians and patients to make smart and effective decisions about the use of feeding tubes for those with late stage Alzheimer's disease. Last reviewed May 2017.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to elder abuse.  Topics covered include forms of elder abuse, supportive resources, screening, interventions and best practice resources. 2 pages. Last reviewed May 2017.

Rochella Vassell and Raeann Rideout of Elder Abuse Ontario  and Tamar Witelson presented this webinar in March 2017.  The recording is accompanied by a pdf of the presentation and a copy of the "Toolkit: Safety Planning for Older Adults in Unhealthy Relationships".  

This screening tool was developed by the National Institute for the Care of the Elderly to help professionals to determine the likelihood of abuse. Last reviewed May 2017. 4 pages.

This best practice guideline includes coverage of the harms caused by abuse and neglect as well as education and policy/organization/system recommendations that address resident-to-resident aggressive behaviour. Last reviewed May 2017. 130 pages.

As part of RNAO's initiative they have developed a "Best Practice Success Kit" which includes eLearning modules, videos and more. Last reviewed May 2017.

This chapter from the World Health Organization on violence and injury prevention examines elder abuse in a variety of settings, including individual risk factors, relationship factors, community and societal factors, the consequence of elder abuse, examples of local and national responses, the role of health care in addressing this issue, education and public awareness campaigns as well as recommendations. 24 pages. Last reviewed May 2017.

Elder abuse or neglect is when there is violence against seniors or mistreatment of seniors, including neglect of seniors who depend on others for care. Abuse or neglect may take many different forms including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Many types of abuse, and some types of neglect, are criminal offences.

Older Canadians are valuable members of our communities, yet many are vulnerable to various forms of ageism, abuse, mistreatment and isolation from the same communities that also value them. Ageism is commonly understood to be, “the stereotyping of, and discrimination against, individuals or groups because of their age”. While this can include those who are young or old, ageism appears to be a more significant issue for older members of our society.  Indeed, many have come to remark how this form of discrimination still appears to be the last acceptable ‘ism’ in our society.

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