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Creating Safe and Respectful Communities for Older Adults: How Elder Abuse can be Prevented through Age-Friendly Community Plans
The abuse of older adults is becoming all too common in our communities, but by effectively planning for and supporting age-friendly communities, the risks for elder abuse can be mitigated and the abuse prevented.

Communities across Ontario have been developing Age-Friendly Plans/Strategies and actively engaging in the implementation of these measures, to enhance relevant programs and services to support these communities. The prevention of elder abuse can be integrated within various elements of the World Health Organization’s framework, including Respect and Social Inclusion, and Social Participation.

By being responsive to the needs of older adults, who are vulnerable, at-risk or experiencing abuse, we can create environments that will positively and directly impact the quality of life as people age.

The scope of the presentation will include, but not be limited to:
• Overview of Elder Abuse Prevention and the Role of Community Partnerships & Community Development
• Correlation between Age-Friendly Communities and prevention of elder abuse
• How do we collectively address issues of ageism and isolation
• Assessing examples of how Age-Friendly community action has addressed Elder Abuse
• Examples of ON Elder Abuse Networks reaching out to seniors and the role EAPO plays in collaborative community initiatives
• Discussing what more can we do, collectively to support effective policy responses, social networks and fostering social inclusion

Sep 25, 2019 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Raeann Rideout
Director Partnerships and Outreach & Regional Consultant @Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario
For the past 16 years, Raeann has been actively engaged with community stakeholders and service providers as the Central East Regional Consultant. Raeann is currently the instructor for the Foundations of Elder and Prevention Course at Trent University and has co-authored/published various research articles on the complexities of elder abuse. For over 8 years, Raeann served as Co-chair of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and Director of that Board. Previous year’s work included Consulting with the Manitoba Seniors’ Directorate as well as working as Counselor for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.