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Senior Abuse

Senior Liaison Coordinator

The Greater Sudbury Police Service has a member assigned as a Senior Liaison Community Safety Personnel (CSP) who is dedicated to assisting our older adult community in connecting them with services and agencies within our city. The CSP is available for presentations on topics such as fraud, personal safety, and abuse of older adults upon request.

Abuse of Older Adult

Recognize, Respond, Report

What is Abuse?

Any act that harms or threatens to harm the health or well-being of an older adult. Forms of abuse include psychological abuse, financial, and physical, as well as neglect and sexual assault (Ministry of Solicitor General, Policing Standards Manual, 2000).

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Many factors may lead to inadequate care and abuse of an older adult. Factors that may lead to abuse include:

  • Previous history of abuse in a family
  • Financial problems
  • Inadequate housing
  • Chronic health problems
  • Caregiver burnout

Types of Abuse

Financial

  • A person in a position of trust (Power of Attorney, caregiver, family, neighbour, workman etc.) withholding money, forcing a senior to sell or sign over property or possessions, or demanding changes in an older adult's Last Will and Testament.

Psychological

  • Treating an older adult like a child, bullying, name calling, humiliation, intimidation, and harassment
  • Isolation (restricting family visits, social outings, etc.)
  • Second most frequently reported type of older adult abuse

Physical

  • Pushing, shaking, hitting, rough handling, or sexually assaulting
  • Over/Under Medicating
  • Use of Restraints

Neglect

  • Leaving an older adult in an unsafe or isolated place
  • "Forgetting" to provide the necessities of life: food, heat, appropriate seasonal clothing, appropriate clean shelter, medication, medical aids, and medical care

Indicators of AbuseSenior

  • Cuts, bruises, bites, burns
  • Sudden onset of confusion or loss of clarity
  • Untreated bedsores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of family members, friends, or caregivers
  • Suddenly unable to afford food, clothing, or other necessities
  • Missing personal items
  • Sudden changes in an older adult's Last Will and Testament
  • Unusual withdrawals from an older adult's bank account
  • An older adult being pressured into signing legal documents that they cannot explain

How You Can Help

An older person may require the assistance from various agencies. YOU can help by contacting agencies and then discussing the services with the older adult.

Call Police when you suspect assault, sexual assault, theft, fraud, forgery, forcible confinement, and/or failing to provide the necessities of life.

Resources

Greater Sudbury Police Service
Emergency 9-1-1
Non-Emergency (705) 675-9171
Seniors Coordinator (705) 675-9171 ext.2284
Other Resources
Sudbury Elder Abuse Committee (705) 524-5738 
Community Care Access Centre (705) 522-3461
Long-Term Care Action Line (866) 434-0144
Canadian Anti-Fraud centre (888) 495-8501

 

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (A.C.E)

The Advocacy Centre for The Elderly is a community-based legal clinic for low-income senior citizens. ACE is managed by a volunteer board of directors, at least half of whom are seniors. ACE is funded through Legal Aid Ontario and is the first legal clinic in Canada to specialize in the legal problems of seniors. Read more at www.advocacycentreelderly.org

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (O.N.P.E.A)

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the prevention of elder abuse and neglect. Read more at www.onpea.org

Healthy Ontario-Seniors Health

Healthy Ontario provides Ontarians with trusted health information, services, and advice for healthier living. Read more at www.healthyontario.com

Health Canada - Seniors

Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada's people and to making this country's population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle, and effective use of the public health care system.
Read more at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration-Ontario Seniors' Secretaria

The Ontario Seniors' Secretaria works to improve the quality of life for Ontario's seniors by:

  • Undertaking and influencing policy initiatives for seniors with a multi-ministry focus and make value-added contributions to policy activities in other ministries
  • Developing and supporting public education efforts about the programs and services to which seniors are entitled, healthy aging/lifestyles, and the ongoing contributions Ontario seniors make to families, communities, and country
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with Ontario's seven largest seniors organizations, and partnering with them on both policy and public education initiatives. Read more at www.culture.gov.on.ca/seniors

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