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What is Elder Abuse?
Fact Sheet on the types of elder abuse and related warning signs, as well as the long-term effects on the
health and well-being of older persons. Information is provided for reporting elder abuse and the
Seniors Safety Line to assist in navigating support agencies and services in Ontario.
Financial abuse can be prevented when we understand the root causes. In order to protect each other from financial abuse, we must know the signs. This brochure provide an overview of financial abuse, type of abuse, including power of attorney, tactics used to take advantage of older adults, list of supports/resources for help and reporting.
Practical Tips When Banking is a fact sheet to prevent financial abuse. This tip sheet is intended to provide information on ways you, the banking customer, can protect your financial assets! A list of organizations that provide assistance and information are included.
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The fact sheet explains what is a scam and tactics used to take advantage of older adults. Case examples illustrate the types of scams prevalent in society and how seniors can be vulnerable to this form of financial abuse. Cautions of Do’s and Don’ts are listed and important steps to protect from frauds and scams. Helpful resources with contact information for supports and reporting are included.
Financial Abuse is the most common form of elder abuse. Fortunately, you can take some easy, practical steps to protect your money. Preventing financial abuse starts with financial literacy, which equips you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect your money. This tool will provide helpful tips for increasing your financial literacy, it provides tips for safe banking, safe computing, and avoiding frauds and scams.
This Fact Sheet explains what is a scam and tactics used to take advantage of older adults. Case examples illustrate the types of scams prevalent in society and how seniors can be vulnerable to this form of financial abuse. Cautions of Do’s and Don’ts are listed and important steps to protect from frauds and scams. Helpful resources with contact information for supports and reporting are included.
Financial abuse has individual and broader social costs, so we all have a collective interest in preventing and addressing it. This Fact Sheet provides examples of the impact on older adults and its consequences and what can we do – Support and Report! We all have a role to play in preventing and addressing elder abuse. Let’s all do our part.
This booklet contains legal information, presented in plain language, about some of the tools available to deal with
situations of elder abuse: • Revoking a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property • Reporting Elder Abuse to the Police • Guardianship Investigations • Statutory Guardianships • Court-Appointed Guardianships • Representatives Appointed by the Consent and Capacity Board • Civil Actions for the Recovery of Property and • Important Provincial Resources.
This booklet was developed in collaboration with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, it contains legal information for educational purposes only and is not constructed as legal advice.
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Frauds and Scams
Frauds and scams are an injustice that we can all prevent and address through awareness, social support, and reporting. This informational Brochure provides tips on recognizing the signs of fraud, types of scams, what we can do and a list of resources to access for support and reporting.
Frauds and scams are an injustice that we can all prevent and address through awareness, social support, and reporting. This Infographic provides tips on how to protect yourself.
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This Infographic explains what is a cyber security and tips on how older adults can protect themselves. Cyber security is the set of practices that you have in place to protect your devices and personal and financial information. Cyber criminals target individuals to gain information that they can exploit to steal money from you.
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Dementia and Elder Abuse
This Toolkit provides information on Safety Planning for Older Adults, recommendations on how to Keep Safe in Unhealthy Relationships, and Safety Planning for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment (pages 25-29)
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Its time to talk about sexual abuse of older adults! This Fact Sheet on sexual abuse of older adult provides information on what puts older adults at risk, how to recognize physical signs and emotional behaviours of older adult who could be victims of sexual abuse and how to prevent sexual abuse.
Response and Intervention
Health care providers have an essential role to play in addressing elder abuse. Providers must be able to recognize when critical interventions are needed and know how to access resources quickly and effectively. Providers can use this screening tool to aid their responses.
This quick reference guide provides personal support workers (PSWs) actions to take if they suspect or witness elder abuse. The 2 page guide reviews providers role of elder abuse identification – “RIR” Recognize signs, Intervene, Respond.
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Telling someone know you are at-risk or experiencing abuse can be difficult. This tool guides older adults in approaches on how to start the conversation and provides tips on how to protect yourself from abuse. Remember, no one deserves to be abused or mistreated.
When we suspect or witness abuse it can be difficult to start a conversation with the older adult as abuse is an emotional issue to approach. These tools provide by-standers information on how to ask about abuse, including sample conversation, and how to handle a situation if the older adult refuses help., what you need to know and what to do if you suspect the older adult is in immediate danger and where to report.
For many older adults it makes sense to share a household and share resources. There are some key points to consider before moving in with a relative or friend to prevent elder abuse. This fact sheet provides top concerns of living with family members as well as a checklist of questions to consider before moving in with family.
Provincial directory of organizations and services who can support and respond to the needs of to older adults in the community. The Directory is divided into sections: Information and Referral, 24 hour
Support or Crisis Lines, Reporting, Advocacy, Community and Home Support Services, Government
Programs & Services, Housing, Indigenous Supports, Legal Advice, Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes, and Social and Recreational Centres.
Download Directory in: English
Download Infographic in: English
First, and perhaps the easiest, way to begin to spread awareness about elder abuse prevention initiatives is to incorporate research-informed messaging and organizational tools to optimize outreach. Use this SMART kit to create framed messaging in your social media by keeping up to date with relevant
awareness days with our outreach calendar and utilizing reframed posts with graphics to engage your
Apply these ready to use social media posts to your awareness messaging. These posts can be used for special awareness days or general promotions to increase awareness and education of elder abuse to the public. A listing of special awareness days can be found in the 2021 Outreach Calendar in SMART.
Suggested links to EAPO Facts sheets and Tools are provided, which can be included in your posts as links to resources for further information. A complete listing of Tools and Resources are available at www.eapon.ca.
See EAPO’s toolkit graphics to add even more content to your post to engage audiences!
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Apply these ready to use social media graphics to your awareness messaging. These images can be used for special awareness days or general promotions to increase awareness and education of elder abuse to the public. A listing of special awareness days can be found in the 2021 Outreach Calendar in SMART. Suggested links to EAPO Facts sheets and Tools can be found in EAPO’s SMART Sample Social Media Posts, which can be included in your posts.
Use this calendar to stay up-to-date on relevant awareness days that can be tied into elder abuse prevention messaging and tools. See our sample social media posts, links, and graphics that alight with specific awareness days to engage and promote to your social networks
Download: EAPO SMART calendar 2024-2025
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