Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario in partnership with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA), CanAge and British Columbia Community Response Networks (BCCRN) held a National Virtual WEAAD Event”, Rights Don’t Get Old: Let’s Spark Social Change” on June 15th  for a national conversation around elder abuse prevention.

This National WEAAD event is brought together a panel of experts, political figures, advocates and concerned people to engage in an inspiring discussion about how we, as a country, can end elder abuse and protect the rights of older people.

 Speaker Line Up!

Helen Hirsh Spence, Founder of Top Sixty over Sixty
Gregor Sneedon, Executive Director of Helpage Canada
Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate at Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children.
Mélanie Couture, Ph.D. Institutional Researcher, Centre for research and expertise in social gerontology (CREGÉS), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal,CLSC René-Cassin
Jane Osbourne, Regional Mentor, Central & North Vancouver Island, BC Community Response Networks
Stephanie Hatzifilalithis, PhD, Department of Health Aging and Society at McMaster University and the Secretary and Communications officer of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging student group

Download Power Point

Rights Do Not Get Old Presentation


Video Messages

The Honourable Barbara Adams
Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, Nova Scotia

The Honourable Minister Josephine Pon
Minister of Seniors and Housing, Alberta




Future Us: Roadmap to Elder Abuse Prevention

Future Us is a pan-Canadian engagement strategy that has been developed for people of all ages. The roadmap is for citizens, advocates, professionals and leaders in communities and governments to help us work from different parts of society on a shared project to prevent violence and abuse of older people in their homes and communities.



VOICES : A Roadmap to an Age-Inclusive Canada
VOICES presents a clear roadmap forward to advancing the rights and well-being of older Canadians and their caregivers. The comprehensive, evidence-based policy book is the result of an exhaustive cross-country  research and consultation process. CanAge dives deep into the issues that are affecting the lives of older adults in our country, reviewing literature, exploring best practices and listening to stories from real people like you.



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Reconnaître et agir ensemble – Plan d’action gouvernemental pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées 2022-2027

Constitué de 56 mesures portées par 12 ministères et organismes, ce troisième plan d’action gouvernemental est le fruit d’une collaboration entre le secteur de la recherche, les intervenants du terrain ainsi que les ministères et organismes gouvernementaux pour mettre sur pied une multitude d’actions visant à prévenir la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées. Un objectif important est d’améliorer la gestion des situations de maltraitance. Une attention particulière est accordée au développement des connaissances et des pratiques bientraitantes.


The Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS) brings together researchers, research-practitioners, students and collaborators from practice settings around the same mission: to improve services and professional practices for older adults. This mission is pursued by the development of social research, the development, testing and validation of Leading-edge practices, the social services and health intervention and technology assessment unit (ÉTMISSS) and through teaching and knowledge transfer activities.

Le Centre de recherche et d’expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS) réunit des chercheurs, praticiens-chercheurs, étudiants, et collaborateurs des milieux de pratique autour d’une même mission : améliorer les services et les pratiques professionnelles auprès des personnes âgées. Cette mission repose sur le développement de la recherche sociale, l’élaboration, l’expérimentation et la validation de pratiques de pointe, l’évaluation des technologies et des modes d’intervention en santé et services sociaux (ÉTMISSS), ainsi que des activités d’enseignement et de transfert des connaissances.

The president and executive director or the executive director of the institution, as applicable, or the person designated by the president and executive director or the executive director, sees to the implementation and application of the policy, to promoting a culture of well-treatment within the institution and to taking the necessary means to prevent maltreatment and to put an end to any abuse.