Elder Abuse

WHEREAS seniors are a fast growing segment of the Canadian population; and

WHEREAS Seniors are often subjected to emotional, physical and financial abuse and discrimination; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada develop a national strategic plan to address elder abuse, be it excessive or improper medication, financial, physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse and thereby end elder abuse and discrimination. 

Senior Liberals’ Commission

6 Responses to “Elder Abuse”

  1. John Shearman 11. Feb, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Please add religious prehudice including those who prefer not to be religious.

    Please Note: As a retired clergyman of the United Church of Canada, I am aware of instances where elderly people approaching the end of life have been pressured to accept a particular religious, theological or secular position that may amount to psychological and spiritual abuse.

  2. Lois McGrattan 11. Feb, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I agree that these matters should be addressed by the Party. So many people do not have the money, or family and friends to assist them. It is frightening to be alone and not be able to call on someone.

    I am fortunate in that I have neighbours/friends and family, but that is not always the case.

  3. Christene Daub 12. Feb, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    This is an excellent recommendation. There are many community elder abuse and self-neglect Task forces in Canada (check out the Kitchener/Waterloo area) who could provide consultation and guidance to the party. In particular we need to ensure seniors in retirement homes and nursing homes are protected and that criminal charges are pursued when staff are involved. And staffing is often not adequate to protect seniors in facilities from abuse or injury at the hands of other residents.

    Then there is the issue of abuse of seniors by family members they may be living with or who have access to their finances. This is a more challenging issue as seniors are often socially and/or physically isolated in their homes or living with families. However, there are solutions that community professionals (visiting nurses, therapists) involved in home visiting or neighbours could be informed about.

  4. George Laceby 12. Feb, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    The resolution is to broad it needs to be more specific. I sit on the North York Elder Abuse Network and have been involved through the Community Police Liaison Committee in North York. There are many organizations in the community that have programs already developed. Unfortunately, they are all a little bit different and need to be coordinated.

    Therefore, I would recommend that rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, you might consider establishing a coordinating strategy. This would mean looking at all existing programs and establishing one program that could be Canada Wide and make sure that no senior is subject to Elder Abuse.

  5. K. Andrews 01. Feb, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    This is a very grave matter…elder abuse. NO one should have to endure abuse. Elder abuse is so often hidden and the victims isolated and powerless to find advocacy for their situations.
    There really needs to be a systemic organized approach to identifying and intervening to prevent and attend to situations of elder abuse and./or neglect.

    Obviously there is a lack of adequate funding available to support such a responsible system. This country needs to invest financially in the protection and care of elders…especially those who are isolated without friends or family to advocate for them. And also, those whose family members are exploiting and/or abusing an elder in their family.

    The larger issue is ABUSE in general. This country’s system for addressing abuse is dismally lacking. There is little recourse for anyone being abused at any age, in our country’s social and legal systems. More often than not, victims of abuse are ignored, dismissed, minimized and or re-victimized.

    Our country needs a major task force to deal with this issue head on…no more just talking about it and how wrong it is….ACTION is REQUIRED.

  6. Patricia Rawsthorne 05. Apr, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    I agree with the suggestions above – the liberal party could provide the coordination strategies to bring likeminded Elder Abuse organizations together as an efficient and effective resource for the elderly and families/concerned citizens.

    I am acutely aware of the abused residents who suffer the loss of autonomy and loss of human rights in nursing homes, and this is a very serious concern to me, and ought to be for everyone.
    Further there has been a lack of adequate staffing and perhaps inappropriate staffing for nursing homes. The medicalization of aging creates a very different model of care (i.e. medical model) instead of a person-centred model. Once the model changes the care of seniors will improve.
    The taxpayer pays over $151,484 per year to house an inmate in maximum security with free dental care, medical visits twice weekly, psychology services, recreational and educational services. For female inmate the Correction Canada figures are $212,000 per year. Often I receive posted from people that advocate prisoners switching places with seniors. Perhaps the distribution of funding could be more balanced so that seniors could receive adequate and necessary care. For nursing homes without full time physiotherapists or rehabilitation assistants, anyone who falls and breaks a hip and has it pinned, will never walk again, whereas those homes with the adequate and necessary professional staff may walk again.

    I believe that there ought to be a Seniors Advocate Office and there ought to be Advocates available to assist the elderly in times of need.

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