eFit for Individuals & Caregivers: Abuse & Neglect

Abuse of older adults is an action, or lack of action, that causes harm or distress to an older adult. Abuse can come in many forms:

  • Financial abuse – stealing or misusing money or property
  • Physical abuse – causing physical pain or injury
  • Sexual abuse – sexual contact or communication without consent
  • Emotional abuse – causing mental distress, fear of violence or isolation
  • Neglect – not providing basic necessities
  • Violation of rights – ignoring basic rights and freedoms
  • Systemic abuse – rules or policies discriminating against older adults

Elder abuse can be hard to recognize because some signs of abuse can appear to be symptoms of a person’s dementia or mental decline. It is important to be aware of the signs so that the right help can be sought when needed.

Educational Materials for Seniors (Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario):
Elder Abuse (World Health Organization):
Elder Abuse – learn the signs and break the silence (Government of Alberta):
Elder Abuse & Neglect: In Search of Solutions (American Psychological Association):
Elder Abuse and Neglect (includes self-neglect) (HelpGuide):
Elder Abuse: The Hidden Crime (Community Legal Education Ontario):
It’s Not Right! – Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults (Western Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children):
Snapshot of Family Violence In Canada (Government of Canada):
What every older Canadian should know about Financial Abuse (Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible
for Seniors Forum):
What every older Canadian should know about Frauds and Scams (Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible
for Seniors Forum):