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1 How You Can Identify Abuse and Help Older Adults at Risk

2 Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Everyone has the right to be safe and free from abuse or neglect. We have a shared responsibility to create safe, strong, healthy communities.

3 People who are abused need support. People who are abusive need help. Neighbours, friends and family members can make a difference. What you can do… Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

4 Its a Journey Three things to take with you. Three things everyone can do. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

5 Its a Journey 1. SEE it! 2. NAME it! 3. CHECK it! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

6 Three Things Everyone Can Do 1.SEE it! Its not right! Learn about abuse. Recognize the warning signs. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

7 Three Things Everyone Can Do 2. NAME it! That looks/sounds like abuse. Overcome your hesitation to help. Talk to the older adult or someone you trust. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

8 Three Things Everyone Can Do 3. CHECK it! Is it abuse? What can I do to help? Ask questions. Check with abuse experts. Check for danger. Suggest safety planning. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

9 1. SEE it! Its not right! Learn about abuse - What is ageism? - What is abuse of older adults? - Who is at risk of abuse? - Why are some people more at risk? - What is abusive behaviour? - Who are the abusers of older adults? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

10 Ageism is a factor in abuse. It is discrimination against older adults because they are older. Youre too old. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults What Is Ageism?

11 Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Ageism is wrong and its also kind of ridiculous. Every one of us will grow older… Now whos old? Youre too old. What Is Ageism?

12 Ageism is wrong and its also kind of ridiculous. Every one of us will grow older… Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Exactly! AHHH!! I hate ageism! What Is Ageism?

13 What Is Abuse of Older Adults? Harm caused to older adults by someone who limits or controls their rights and freedoms. The older adults are unable to freely make choices because they are afraid of being hurt, humiliated, left alone or of the relationship ending. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

14 What Is Abuse of Older Adults? Abuse is NOT just impolite or rude behaviour. It IS abuse when one person uses power or influence to take advantage of, or to control the older adult. Neglect of older adults who cannot manage on their own is also abuse. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

15 Abuse can make a person feel small, alone and powerless. What Is Abuse of Older Adults?

16 Who Is at Risk of Abuse? Abuse can happen at any age to any person. I never thought it would happen to me! Or me! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

17 Why Are Some People More at Risk? People who are abused are often isolated. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

18 Why Are Some People More at Risk? People who are abused are often isolated. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults I may be isolated because of my culture or language. The person abusing me might keep me away from people who can help. As abuse escalates I become more and more isolated.

19 There Are Other Risk Factors Too… You are more at risk if you live with someone. Addictions sometimes play a role in abuse. Depression and other mental health issues Living with someone who is dependent on you Cognitive impairment Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

20 What Is Abusive Behaviour? It can be raging and terrifying verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

21 What Is Abusive Behaviour? I may control your every move!!! And your money too!!! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Or it can be more subtle and hard to see.

22 Who Are the Abusers of Older Adults? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Not monsters but people we know…

23 Who Are the Abusers of Older Adults? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Most often, abusers are family membersadult children or grandchildren. Research shows that when adult children are abusive it is most often a son who abuses. Abusers can also be other relatives or friends, paid/unpaid caregivers, landlords, financial advisors or anyone in a position of power, authority or trust.

24 Who Are the Abusers of Older Adults? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Abuse that happens between spouses is called domestic violence. Men cause the most serious injuries and deaths. Men are less likely to speak to someone about being abused themselves.

25 2. NAME it! That looks/sounds like abuse. - What does abuse look like? - What are the warning signs? There are different kinds of abuse… Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

26 Financial Abuse Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults It is abuse if I pressure you into giving me your money…

27 Financial Abuse Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults or persuade you to assign power of attorney to me.

28 Psychological Abuse I may call you names. I might not let you see your friends. I will tell you its all your fault! Please dont yell at me. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

29 Sexual Abuse Any kind of sexual activity you dont want. Abuse can be verbal or suggestive behaviour… or not respecting your privacy. Please dont! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults It is sexual assault if I dont stop.

30 Neglect Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults I might intentionally ignore your basic human needs to punish you. I might neglect you because I dont have the skills or ability to really help. Both are neglect. I am dependent on you for some things.

31 Spiritual or Religious Abuse No, you cant have your beliefs! Your faith is stupid! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

32 Physical Abuse Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults It is abuse if you hit me or handle me roughlyeven if there is no injury. A threat to hurt me is also abuse.

33 Warning Signs If I tell you I am being abused believe me. I become depressed and withdrawn or fearful. I stop attending social events or church. Someone suddenly moves in with me. Signs of neglect such as no food in the house. My phone is cut off, or things start disappearing from my house. I have injuries I cant explain. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

34 3. CHECK it! Is it abuse? What can I do to help? Ask questions. Check with abuse experts. Check for danger. Suggest safety planning. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

35 Ask Questions Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Are you ok? Is someone hurting you ? Can I help?

36 How to Handle an Intervention Two handles: Safety and Respect What are the safety issues? Am I being respectful? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

37 How to Talk to the Older Adult Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Start with heart You cant go wrong if you approach the older adult from a place of genuine concern and care… I am worried about you…

38 How to Talk to the Older Adult Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Find a time when the abusive person is not present. Listen carefully ask how you can help. Respect if he/she doesnt want to talk about it leave the door open.

39 Check with Abuse Experts Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Im worried about my friend. What should I do? Should we make a safety plan?

40 Is it a dangerous situation? CALL 911 or your local emergency number Trust your instincts! Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults Check for Danger

41 Finding Help Provincial / territorial telephone numbers Info or Crisis Lines / Seniors Abuse Lines / Legal Advice Lines Seniors Organizations Victim Services / Police / Domestic Violence Shelters / Crisis Accommodation Programs Seniors Canada On-line: You can call anonymously to talk about your concerns and what to do. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

42 Finding Help in Remote Areas Even if you live in a community where there are no experts to consult, there are always people who care and who want to help. Dont sit alone with your concerns and questionsfind support for yourself so that you can support the older adult you are worried about. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults I care about you.

43 Local Resources Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults...

44 The Journey Steps 1. SEE it! Notice when Its not right! 2. NAME it! Talk to someonethe older adult first: That looks/sounds like abuse. 3. CHECK it! Is the situation dangerous? Ask questions: Is it abuse? What can I do to help? Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

45 How It Works Engaging the Potential and Power of Everyday Relationships Relatives Social groupsProfessionals You FriendsNeighbours Faith groups Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

46 You Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

47 Final Thoughts You dont have to be a hero or fix the situation. Caring about the people around us, paying attention to them when there are signs of trouble and responding appropriately can make a big difference. Little things count. Its Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults

48 Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children

49 © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2012 This project has been supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative. For More Information To learn more on what the Government of Canada is doing for seniors or to find services and support in your province or territory, visit and search for "Elder Abuse" or call O-Canada ( , TTY: ). For a copy of this presentation, visit


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