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July, 2023

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Welcome to our July e-Newsletter!

On June 21st we officially welcomed the summer solstice, yet who can believe it's already August 1st. Mother Nature has certainly brought many challenges to our doorsteps this year (heatwaves, wildfires, tornados and heavy rains to name a few) leaving us to wonder what else might be in store for the road ahead. Regardless of our individual circumstances, we must all do our part to stay informed and be prepared to safeguard against not only the elements, but from individuals who would act inappropriately to take advantage of us or do us harm.

EAPO applies that 'need to be prepared'  lens to all that we undertake. Our staff team is working hard, organizing new educational workshops, training forums, conferences and community events. And while we've celebrated WEAAD and a number of awareness raising milestones, there's so much more in store. The calendar is loaded with new learning opportunities, featuring new speakers/presenters on a variety of topics, to foster connections with community partners and beyond.

This is the Year of Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World... and we invite you to join us, whether visiting our website to learn of developments in the field of aging, or gather important resources, subscribe to our newsletters to stay informed, or follow us on social media, participate in our provincial webinars, or consider volunteering with a local Elder Abuse Prevention Network in your community.

Together we CAN make a difference and stop the abuse. By adding your voice and taking a stand against ageism, the root cause of elder abuse, we can help ensure that human rights of seniors remain a priority in Canada and are protected for generations to come.

Enjoy the summer and as the song says, see you in September!

Marta Hajek

CEO, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario

NEW EAPO Resources

Let's Talk about Ageism

Ageism affects us all over the course of our lives but it gets worse as we age. The message we absorb every day is clear: the older you get, the less you matter. Ageism whittles us down and has a direct connection to elder abuse. It's time to be free from ageism.

This video was developed by Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO), in collaboration with the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC). Funded by the Government of Ontario.

Video available in English and in French.

EAPO Webinar Recordings & Resources

July 7: Elder Abuse & Financial Abuse Prevention in LGBTQI+ Communities

June 28: Les crédits d’impôt de l’Ontario pour frais médicaux et pour les soins à domicile à l’intention des aînés (Resources Only)

June 27: Financial Wellness for Caregivers and Older Adults

June 20: Discover Ontario’s Medical Expense and Seniors Care at Home Tax Credits (Resources Only)

View all EAPO archived Webinars' recordings: EN / FR

Government of Canada Announcements

Did you know...

... that If you were or turned 75 years old as of June 2022, you should be automatically receiving a 10% increase of your Old Age Security pension starting July 2022. Check to be sure you are getting the correct payments.

For the new payment amounts, visit :n

New Horizons for Seniors

Call for Proposals 

New Horizons for Seniors Community-Based Stream will open for applications on August 1st, 2023.

Projects submitted for this grant (up to $25,000) must meet at least 1 of the following program objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors

Submission Deadline: September 14, 2023

Virtual Information Sessions are being held in August. Register here:

General Sessions: New Horizons for Seniors Program Events

For more information watch the video below or visit their website here.

Le volet communautaire Nouveaux Horizons pour les aînés ouvrira les 1er août 2023.

Les projets soumis pour cette subvention (jusqu'à 25 000 $) doivent répondre à au moins 1 des objectifs du programme suivants :

  • promouvoir le bénévolat auprès des aînés et des autres générations;
  •  faire participer les aînés à la collectivité à titre de mentors auprès d’autres personnes;
  • accroître la sensibilisation à la maltraitance envers les aînés, y compris à l’exploitation financière;
  •  appuyer la participation sociale et l’inclusion des aînés; et
  • fournir une aide à l’immobilisation pour des projets ou des programmes communautaires nouveaux ou existants, destinés aux aînés.

Date limite de dépôt : 14 septembre 2023

Pour plus d'informations, regardez la vidéo ci-dessous ou visitez leur site Web ici.

NOTE: A Call for Concepts for the Pan Canadian Stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program will be launched on October 4, 2023.

The theme of the Call for Concepts will be increasing the social inclusion of vulnerable populations of seniors and will support concepts that use a collective impact approach. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

NEW Elder Abuse Research,

Resources and Reports

Call for Papers 

A special issue on Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community: A Hidden Problem 

(Guest Editors: Dr. Gloria Gutman, Dr. Jennifer Marchbank and Dr. Claire Robson)

The Editors are encouraging researchers to submit both theoretical and empirical articles on the under-researched area of elder abuse of 2SLGBTQ+ persons. 2SLGBTQ+ older adults face vulnerabilities that cause them to experience elder abuse in ways that are specific to their communities and in turn present additional barriers to their health and well-being. 2SLGBTQ+ older adults face isolation, (often more likely to be living alone than their heterosexual peers), a lack of social services and a deficit of culturally competent service providers to support their needs.

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This special issue is designed to build upon and extend the work featured in the recently published book Elder abuse in the LGBTQ2S+ population: the impact of homophobia and transphobia (Robson, Marchbank, Gutman & Prentice, Springer Nature, 2023). The Deadline for Submission is October 31, 2023.

The Government of Canada announces support for project to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse in Québec. 

The Université de Sherbrooke will receive funds to deliver online educational programs for senior caregivers, community organization workers, and volunteers.

The project will help to improve the identification and reporting of elder abuse, and enhance supports for caregivers. It will include a tool for community workers and volunteers to manage suspected cases of elder abuse. 

VIew Project

Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council published an Elder Abuse Case Management Spring Snapshot.

View here.

Staying Safe: A Resource for Older Adults Living in Alberta

Click here to view digital version.

No More Kiyam - Speak Up as a Medical Patient

A new video resource aimed at preventing elder abuse. The video helps Indigenous seniors on how to speak up when they are in situation where they are uncomfortable, where they are not being heard. Produced by Bear Paw Media & Education.

Respecting and Promoting Resident Rights in Long-Term Care

Respecting and Promoting Resident Rights in Long-Term Care is a self-paced, interactive eLearning course that reviews the 29 resident rights defined in the Fixing Long-Term Care Act.

Everyone working in, volunteering in, or visiting long-term care homes plays a significant role in ensuring residents feel at home, are treated with kindness and respect, and receive the necessary support and services for their health and well-being. Throughout this course, learners will immerse themselves in an interactive long-term care setting that incorporates real-life situations shared by Ontario LTC residents. 

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Learners will receive an Ontario CLRI certificate for completing this course.

The Ontario Caregiver Organization released their 2022-23 Impact Report Empower Support Connect.

Here are just a few highlights:

• Achieved a 50% increase in participation in OCO’s activities, programs, and services

• Launched the Essential Care Partner Support Hub in partnership with Ontario Health. 

• Created the Undercover Kindness Project with brand ambassador Erica Ehm, which has been instrumental in raising awareness of caregiving, educating the public on the challenges of being a caregiver and inspiring people to help a caregiver in their life

Read the full report here

New Report: Enabling a More Promising Future for Long-Term Care in Canada |June 29, 2023

Faced with a rapidly ageing population, staffing challenges and decades of funding shortfalls, long-term care systems in Canada require nothing less than a paradigm shift to remain viable into the future. This third and final report in the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) series outlines a road map for more sustainable, affordable and equitable long-term care systems.

Read the full report here

Healthy Aging in Practice: How Age-Friendly Cities & Communities Can Contribute to an Age-Friendly World (Global Coalition on Aging)

June 2023

Older adults have full lives and actively participate in their communities, so their needs span across focus areas: departments, agencies, or ministries of education, public safety, health, arts and culture, and community programs all must be integrated into age-friendly planning and strategy... learn more on how Age-Friendly Cities and Communities can contribute to an Age-Friendly World by reading the full report here

An Intersectional Understanding of Older Adults with Disabilities and the Dynamics of Abuse 

(DisAbled Women’s Network Canada)

Des maltraitances culturellement et socialement (in)visibilisées

Marie BeaulieuFrançoise Le Borgne-Uguen(Gérontologie et société 2023/1 (vol. 45 / n° 170)

Maltraitance envers les aînés : contextualisation des terminologies, définitions et modes d’action

Marie BeaulieuFrançoise Le Borgne-Uguen. Dans Gérontologie et société 2022/3 (vol. 44 / n° 169), pages 9 à 21

Fraud Prevention Tips for Seniors this Summer

Cyber criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to launch phishing scams that attempt to trick you into believing that a text or email is legitimate so they can steal your money or personal information. 

Don’t fall for the latest phishing scam. Learn prevention tips from Canadian Bankers Association’s Cyber Security Toolkit here.

Senior 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. Download here.

Age Friendly News

(The Sudbury Star)

Upcoming Webinars & Conferences

Aug. 21: Sensory Integration: Making Sensory Engagement Meaningful (DeafBlind Ontario Services)

Sept. 29-30: CAGP-CCSMH 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting -Addressing Complexity in Seniors' Mental Health

Oct. 22-24: This is Long Term Care: From Innovation to Impact, Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA) Conference

Oct. 23-24: Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario: Aging Well Conference 

Oct. 24-26AGE-WELL Annual Conference: Shaping the Future of Healthy Aging  


Service Canada Webinars: Service Canada Live - Service Canada en Direct

August 3, 2023: Old Age Security (OAS)

August 10, 2023: Service Canada Overview for People with Disabilities

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