Approaches to Elder Abuse : A Family Physician’s Perspective

November 22, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM

These renowned physicians will speak about Elder Abuse and Neglect – its definitions, forms and the types of cases typically seen in family practice medicine. Participants will learn how family physicians can apply specific tools like the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) ©, an internationally validated tool used in ambulatory settings, to help recognize and identify mistreatment of older adults. Available in 15 languages, these guidelines (their strengths and limitations) will be explained and how EASI might be applied in the field.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


Dr. Mark J. Yaffe BSc, MDCM, MClSc, CCFP, FCFP (hon)

McGill University Professor of Family Medicine who practices in the Family Medicine Centre (FMG-U) of the St. Mary's Hospital Centre

Dr. Yaffe is a McGill University Professor of Family Medicine who practices in the Family Medicine Centre (FMG-U) of the St. Mary’s Hospital Centre, within the Integrated University Centre for Health and Social Services of West Island of Montreal. He has been a practitioner of, and advocate for, team work and interdisciplinary care, with particular
interest in chronic disease management, family caregiving, and elder abuse. In 2014 this was recognized by the “Inaugural Award of Distinction for care of older adults by a family physician within and beyond the walls of one’s practice”, awarded jointly by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and Canadian Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Yaffe has advanced the discipline of family medicine by being a Chief of the St. Mary’s Hospital Department of Family Medicine and Director of its Family Medicine Centre and Family Medicine Residency Program. As an educator he has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and continuing professional education levels, and received the “Inaugural Prix d’Excellence for Advancement of Teaching of Family Medicine” of the Quebec College of Family Physicians in conjunction with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. As a clinician-scientist Dr. Yaffe has authored /co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal publications. He served as Principal Investigator on the research team that developed and validated the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) ©, an internationally recognized tool (available in 15 languages) to help identify mistreatment of older adults, and about which he has made invited presentations in nine countries. His scientific enquiry has been recognized by a “Lifetime Achievement Award in Research” from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Bachir Tazkarji MD, FCFP, CAC (Geriatrics)

Academic Family Physician,University of Toronto, Mississauga Hospital.

Dr. Bachir Tazkarji is an academic family physician with the University of Toronto, Mississauga Hospital. He is currently the Education lead and the site residency program director for the Family Medicine Program at the Mississauga Hospital. He obtained his MD from the University of Aleppo, Syria in 1997. He completed his Family Medicine residency program and fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Dr. Tazkarji’s clinical interests are dementia care, end of life care and elder abuse

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