Project R.E.A.C.H

The topic of elder abuse has been a continuous social taboo topic for many religious and community groups to discuss about. To further understand these social issues, we thank our funders from Ontario Trillium, Elder Abuse Ontario and Age Friendly for their support in this project.

Project R.E.A.C.H aims to reduce elder abuse by raising awareness, increasing support and network building, improving direct client services and building local research.

    The goals of the project was to:

  • Gain better understanding of the prevalence of elder abuse in Malvern from different cultural groups and religious groups
  • Explore and understand what Malvern senior residents thought about what elder abuse is. As well, help them find resources
  • Gather information on the needs and suggestions of seniors to help further educate the community
    Through focus groups and interviews, here are some of the findings:

  • Financial abuse happens in all cultural groups. (E.g. children taking parent’s pension)
  • Physical abuse and emotional abuse happens to seniors
  • Neglect with seniors is a big issue in the community (e.g. seniors being socially isolated)
  • Seniors don’t report elder abuse due to fear, total dependence on children/family and not wanting their loved ones to be in trouble
  • Respondents’ cultural backgrounds does not encourage the individual to speak up about how they feel
  • Majority of the respondents expressed they have a caregiving role. There are many challenges as a senior caregiver with mental strain, lack of self-care, and financial vulnerability. In times of caregiving, they may receive verbal abuse.
    Good examples of resources for those experiencing elder-abuse:

  • Counselling
  • Senior Support Groups
  • Seniors Social Groups
  • Seminars and Workshops to educate and raise awareness

As an agency, we have learned elder abuse is still a continuous taboo topic to be discussed. There are individuals who can possibly be in an abuse situation, however may be unclear what it is, and may not be able to identify the symptoms. It is important agencies and community groups continues to identify this social issue by providing resources to educate and support for those are experiencing elder abuse.

For More Resources:

Elder Abuse Toolkit

Project Reach Awareness Posters

For more information about Elder Abuse or programs, please call 416-284-4184.

 

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