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AFC Webinar – Exploring the Connection Between Ageism and the Mistreatment of Seniors

February 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Age-Friendly initiatives strive to build communities where seniors live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Ageism and mistreatment of older adults undermine those efforts, negatively impacting the well-being and inclusion of countless seniors across Ontario.

In this webinar, offered in collaboration with Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, Dr. David Burnes will highlight his current research which explores the connection between ageism and abuse, with the goal of improving understanding of those “less talked about” factors that can hinder the age-friendliness of our communities.



Presenter Bio

David Burnes, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Older Adult Mistreatment Prevention
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Academic
University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Affiliate Scientist, Baycrest, Rotman Research Institute

Dr. Burnes is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. He holds a Canada Research Chair on preventing the mistreatment of older adults. Dr. Burnes completed a PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice. His program of research focuses on issues related to elder abuse and ageism, including the development of basic science and interventions to prevent the mistreatment of older adults. He has advised major international organizations on these topics, such as the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health. He also advises different levels of government and non-profit organizations, such as state-level adult protective services programs, on the development and implementation of elder abuse support programs and prevention strategies. Dr. Burnes’ interest in elder abuse stems from both family experience and clinical practice with older adults.

Sheila Schuehlein
Prevention Consultant, North
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

Sheila Schuehlein is Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario’s Regional Consultant serving Northern Ontario. She is a Gerontologist who has developed, facilitated and evaluated health promotion initiatives for over 25 years.  In 2014, Sheila returned to school, graduating from Duke University and earning her medical board certification as an Integrative Health Coach. Sheila was honoured to join the Elder Abuse Prevention team in July of 2016. She is passionate about enhancing the resilience of older adults, reducing the social isolation and vulnerabilities often associated with aging.  

Webinar Recording