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1 Outreach for Aging With Dignity Name: Doug Madden Title: Company Name

2 Aging is Universal Some activities becomes more difficult Some activities becomes more difficult We become more susceptible to colds, viruses and infections We become more susceptible to colds, viruses and infections Some of us lose some or all of our mental and physical faculties Some of us lose some or all of our mental and physical faculties Our bodies can become more frail and easily broken Our bodies can become more frail and easily broken

3 An Unfortunate Truth In addition to these signs of aging many seniors live in fear In addition to these signs of aging many seniors live in fear Fear of being sent to a home Fear of mental, emotional and financial abuse Fear of physical violence Fear of someone finding out what they are so fearful of Fear of reprisal if they report what is making them afraid

4 Do we really understand what at risk is? What constitutes an at risk situation? What constitutes an at risk situation? Is there really a clear definition? Is there really a clear definition? Who is the victim? Who is the victim? How significant is our at risk population? How significant is our at risk population? How would you react to someone at risk? How would you react to someone at risk? How do we ensure the safety anf dignity of at risk persons? How do we ensure the safety anf dignity of at risk persons?

5 Current Support Programmes Initiatives in place today are good but have limitations Senior Police Abuse Squads Senior Police Abuse Squads Help lines Help lines Drop in programmes Drop in programmes Legal and Psychological Counselling Legal and Psychological Counselling A few short term stay options A few short term stay options

6 What happens when someone is at risk? Police or another agency may be called A report is filed In severe incidents the at risk person is placed in a temporary shelter or similar environment, hospital bed or motel room – very limited All to frequently the person is returned to the same environment they may have been rescued from

7 The reality is that the police, social agencies, community groups and organizations have few options

8 What really happens Police officers must return at risk clients to their at risk situation. Police officers must return at risk clients to their at risk situation. A call for help is rescinded when the police arrive out of fear or a false sense of love and caring. A call for help is rescinded when the police arrive out of fear or a false sense of love and caring. A distress center intervention is dropped when the at risk person is caught making the call. A distress center intervention is dropped when the at risk person is caught making the call. Shelter personnel have to turn everyone out at a specific hour. There is no favoritism Shelter personnel have to turn everyone out at a specific hour. There is no favoritism Social and health care workers have limited access to safe temporary housing. Social and health care workers have limited access to safe temporary housing. Churches, social circles, doctors and other personnel. Who do they turn to? Churches, social circles, doctors and other personnel. Who do they turn to?

9 Real Situations Financial: Financial: Family member always needing money makes parent feel guilty or threatens them (grandkids, no transportations). Family member always needing money makes parent feel guilty or threatens them (grandkids, no transportations). No intention to repay. No intention to repay. Parent moves in with kids to help them out. Losing life savings in the process. Parent moves in with kids to help them out. Losing life savings in the process. Parent had supposedly “Knowledgeable Senior Legal Advice” Parent had supposedly “Knowledgeable Senior Legal Advice”

10 Personal Stories Mental/Emotional: Mental/Emotional: Family isolates at risk individual Family isolates at risk individual Unfriendly even hostile to senior’s visitors. Unfriendly even hostile to senior’s visitors. Primary caregiver fails to communicate with at risk individual with faculty limitations such as blindness, limited mobility or dementia. Primary caregiver fails to communicate with at risk individual with faculty limitations such as blindness, limited mobility or dementia. Isolation, loneliness and fears grow. Isolation, loneliness and fears grow.

11 Personal Stories Physical: Physical: Pushing, hitting and bullying. Pushing, hitting and bullying. Results are isolation and fear of injury or reprisal. Results are isolation and fear of injury or reprisal. Verbal: Verbal: Name calling, slanderous comments, browbeating, threats of physical and mental deprivation. Name calling, slanderous comments, browbeating, threats of physical and mental deprivation. Lowers self esteem, plays on vulnerability, threatens personal security. Lowers self esteem, plays on vulnerability, threatens personal security.

12 Did you Know… There is nowhere in Halton for abused men There is nowhere in Halton for abused men There is only one women’s facility for aging victims There is only one women’s facility for aging victims At risk persons are often housed in grungy motels At risk persons are often housed in grungy motels Few free housing facilities Few free housing facilities Limited number of for fee facilities –costly option Limited number of for fee facilities –costly option Very little intervention and mediation Very little intervention and mediation Follow up is sporadic at best Follow up is sporadic at best Education limited by available limited resources – much of this is volunteer driven Education limited by available limited resources – much of this is volunteer driven

13 The Good News… Halton has some structures in place and is trying to move towards effective solutions to Aging with Dignity. Halton has some structures in place and is trying to move towards effective solutions to Aging with Dignity. 25 years ago they formulated ESAC to consider the future needs of an aging population. 25 years ago they formulated ESAC to consider the future needs of an aging population. Peel on the other hand in many ways is just beginning Peel on the other hand in many ways is just beginning

14 The Value of Intervention… Aging adults are not all victims or at risk Aging adults are not all victims or at risk That cantankerous, cane swinging lady down the hall may be at risk or may even be the abuser That cantankerous, cane swinging lady down the hall may be at risk or may even be the abuser Lose of sight, hearing impairment, limited mobility and dementia are frustrating ailments for both the person afflicted and their caregivers Lose of sight, hearing impairment, limited mobility and dementia are frustrating ailments for both the person afflicted and their caregivers Abuse is not always directed and intentional, it can be lack of knowledge, fear or even misguide love Abuse is not always directed and intentional, it can be lack of knowledge, fear or even misguide love Sometimes all it takes is having someone to talk to; a release of tension; understanding that they are not alone; also realizing they are not at fault or responsible; the disorder is not of their doing. Sometimes all it takes is having someone to talk to; a release of tension; understanding that they are not alone; also realizing they are not at fault or responsible; the disorder is not of their doing.

15 Breaking The Cycle We need a new approach, Something aging adults can feel comfortable with More than just reports and rhetoric Moderate at risk situations must be achieved in safety, comfort and dignity. Meaningful mediation and intervention can result in long term resolution.

16 What do we accomplish? Provide time out – coping with growing families, personal financial demands, and the added responsibility of providing support for aging individuals can be onerous

17 What type of locations? Provide short term placement in a home A safe, happy, family environment is crucial to recovery, pre-approval and age friendly a necessity, a caring fostering social enironment of growth

18 Mediation and support Provide support and advise Expert, professional and properly accredited counselling, advise, support and follow-up; assistance to identify and make lasting, long term decisions and commitments that work

19 How you can help us Fill out the survey we have provided, tell a friend about our objective If you know anyone who may be willing to provide temporary accommodations to at risk individuals have them contact ourselves or Tom Let us know what you think of our concept In the early 80s our children were told about acceptable behaviour towards them They learnt quickly and this same approach can work to provide our aging adults a safer space

20 Dignity is Your Right Through all these changes you have a right to your dignity Expect to be treated with dignity and respect Expect to be treated with dignity and respect Do not accept intolerance Do not accept intolerance Do not tolerate injustice Do not tolerate injustice Ask questions and demand answers Ask questions and demand answers Stand up for your rights Stand up for your rights

21 Long Term Goal Instill a reverence and respect in our society for the knowledge, value and contributions that our older generations have made for us through their sacrifice, hard work and determination.


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