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    Posted: Aug/28/2009 at 11:15am

In this thread you will find information regarding seniors programs and services in Ontario.

What is Elder Abuse?

Physical Abuse
Any physical pain or injury that is willfully inflicted upon a person or unreasonable confinement or punishment, resulting in physical harm, is abuse.


Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is understood as contact resulting from threats or force or the inability of a person to give consent.


Financial Abuse
The most common form of elder abuse, financial abuse, often refers to the theft or misuse of money or property like household goods, clothes or jewelry. It can also include withholding funds and/or fraud.


Psychological (Emotional) Abuse
The willful infliction of mental anguish or the provocation of fear of violence or isolation is known as psychological or emotional abuse. This kind of abuse diminishes the identity, dignity and self-worth of the senior.


Neglect can be intentional (active) or unintentional (passive) and occurs when a person who has care or custody of a dependent senior fails to meet his/her needs.

Other Forms of Abuse
Systemic Abuse - Our society, and the systems that develop within it, can generate, permit or perpetuate elder abuse. Most prevalent is discrimination against seniors, due to their age and often combined with any of these additional factors: gender, race, colour, language, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, or geographic location.

Examples of Non-Abuse
Not all situations that may be of concern to a senior's family, friends or caregivers are considered elder abuse. Seniors choosing to give money, gifts or excessive attention to a much younger member of the opposite sex is not abuse. Nor is a well-to-do senior choosing to live in ‘sparse' conditions.

For further information on forms of senior abuse please check here.

How to Stop Senior Abuse or How to Help Victim of Abuse?

Victim Support Line - Information on Senior Abuse

The Victim Support Line is a province-wide, tollfree information line providing a range of services in English and French, to victims of crime. Seniors, or people calling on their behalf, can get help by calling the Victim Support Line and speaking to information counsellors who have been trained to provide information and referral services on elderabuse. The toll-free number is 1-888-579-2888 or Toronto area 416-314-2447.


Elder Abuse Consultants
Elder Abuse Regional Consultants have been put in place across the province to help promote and support efforts in addressing and preventing elder abuse. The Consultants act as key resources to justice and community service providers, and to existing and new coordinating committees addressing elder abuse throughout Ontario.

Provincial & GTA Multicultural Coordinator 416-640-7785

Regional Consultants:

North West 807-343-8563          North East 705-525-0077    West 519-971-9217

Central West 905-276-3282        Central East 705-745-4100 East 613-596-5626 ext. 234

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA)
234 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON, M4P 1K5
Ph: 416-916-6728, Fax: 416-916-6742
Email: ,

For Six Regional Elder Abuse Consultants represent ONPEA across Ontario, please check the following Link.

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E-flyers on Elder Abuse

As a community education initiative, WoodGreen Community Services has prepared a series of Elder Abuse e-flyers for the public. They are in English, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese with basic information on elder abuse, including how to get assistance. WoodGreen also sent out 1,500 printed posters to service agencies and organizations who help seniors.

These community education initiatives are part of WoodGreen’s “Violence Awareness and Solutions for Chinese Older Adults Project” supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario. The project kicked off with a public forum on March 13th attended by 250 Chinese seniors.

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Support for seniors

Many seniors struggle to cope with the issues of aging and disability. WoodGreen offers the following services for seniors, including those with dementia, and mental and physical health challenges:

  • Adult day program for seniors who are frail or cognitively impaired (including those with Alzheimer's disease), which offers supervised activities including crafts, music and exercise, as well as individual assistance with daily activities – escorted transportation is provided. To contact the adult day program for more information or to arrange a visit call 416-645-6000 ext 1262
  • Case management and social work for seniors and their families or caregivers which is aimed at helping seniors develop better self-care strategies, improved socialization skills, linkages to other community resources and at supporting them to cope with difficult issues such as elder abuse

Detailed information is given here.

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Abuse of elderly immigrants

By Pracheer Saran
April 27, 2010

Community workers in the GTA have expressed concerns over abuse elderly immigrants by their own family members, reacting to a report released by Wellesley Institute on April 26.

The study, conducted among 43 seniors from the Tamil community, reveals senior immigrants have experienced mental, physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse.

The respondents also expressed threat, control and neglect by their children, in-laws and spouses, while stating that they did not report the incidents because of children’s and grandchildren’s welfare, community expectations, unfamiliarity with Canadian ways, financial and immigration concerns, and limitations in accessing health, social, and settlement services.

Maya Roy, executive director of Newcomer Women’s Services said senior immigrants are not aware of the term elder abuse: “The issue only comes up in a group when people meet in class, get to know each other and start talking.”

According to Teri Kay of the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, there are no  clear statistics to gauge the extent of the problem but about 4 and 10 per cent of seniors have experienced abuse. “The issue is just beginning to come out of the closet.  For immigrant seniors, the cultural differences add to the mix of language barrier and other issues to access help, " said Kay.

Immigrant agencies urge frontline workers, friends and neighbours of senior to be vigilant. The government has also started campaigns through various ethnic communities-serving media outlets to create awareness on the issue.

The network has launched a 154-language senior safety phone line in April 2009 and received 4,500 calls in its first year.

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