Elder abuse

Elder abuse

Not a medical emergency

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Phyllis Jensen
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Vol 4, No. 2
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Women Healthsharing
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1983
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Toronto, ON

This article is a not so imaginary piece of fiction about a nurse’s efforts to meet the desires of a patient when faced with hospital bureaucracy.

Abuse of older women

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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2004

Primer on the abuse of older women, comparing the higher incidence of abuse against older women than against older men, and discussing the different forms of abuse they experience.

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Ageing, discrimination and older women's human rights: from the perspectives of CEDAW convention

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Ferdous Ara Begum
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UN CEDAW Committee

Population ageing is a global phenomenon due to improvements in basic health care and living standards as well as declines in fertility rates and rising longevity. Both men and women face discrimination due to old age, but women experience ageing differently. Gender relations structure the entire life cycle, from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life choices at every stage. Good health, economic security and adequate housing are essential requirements of ageing with dignity, but older women in both developed and developing countries face difficulties in accessing these on a basis of equality with men.

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Introduction to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Penny Bain
Charmaine Spencer
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

Discusses the origin of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, what Canadians are doing to help, and where to learn more about the event.

What is abuse of older adults?

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Penny Bain
Charmaine Spencer
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

Discusses the definition of abuse of older adults, who are the victims, who are the abusers, how many older adults are affected by abuse or neglect, how abuse is a form of family violence, and why victims stay silent.

Types of Abuse and Neglect

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Penny Bain
Charmaine Spencer
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

Outlines the different types of abuse and neglect of older adults, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual, and spiritual.

Abuse of older adults: signs and effects

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Penny Bain
Charmaine Spencer
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

Discusses the signs older adults who are experiencing abuse or neglect may demonstrate. Also outlines the effects of older adult abuse including health, financial and social effects.

Why does abuse happen in later life?

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Penny Bain
Charmaine Spencer
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Abuse and neglect of older adults is a complex area; this document discusses some of the situations and experiences that may lead to such violence.

Help is available

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Penny Bain
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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

Discusses what you need to know if you are an older adult being abused, what kind of help is available, gives advice for older adults to consider, how to help if you know an older adult who is being abused, and how a family member, service provider or government can help.

Help is available: provincial and territorial contact numbers and key national resources in Canada

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Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
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2006

If you are experiencing abuse or neglect, or if you suspect an older adult is being harmed or mistreated, this fact sheet provides phone numbers to help you get in touch with resources in your community.

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