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Ontario Passes Legislation to Strengthen Transparency in Health Care: Changes Include Greater Oversight of Long-Term Care Homes, Pharmaceutical Companies
December 12, 2017, Toronto, ON Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario has passed legislation to enhance transparency, accountability and the quality of care across the health care sector, including greater oversight of long-term care homes and pharmaceutical companies.
The Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017 will ensure that the province’s health system continues to put patients and their families first by making important changes to key pieces of legislation which strengthen oversight and safeguard the quality of care in Ontario.
The amendments to the RHA will:
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
November 7, 2017 – Toronto, Ministry of Senior Affairs
Ontario is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence, and how they access government services – whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer. Learn more about the Plan to Supporting Seniors at All Stages
Creating 40 More Seniors Centres Across Province
Applications Now Open for the Seniors Active Living Centres Program
October 31, 2017 – Toronto, Ministry of Seniors Affairs
Ontario is now accepting applications from organizations interested in opening new Seniors Active Living Centres, to develop up to 40 new centres across the province over the next three years.
These new centres will help meet the needs of Ontario’s growing seniors’ population by offering programming that supports seniors to remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially-connected. Programming could include a range of activities such as exercise classes, transportation services and communal dining experiences. Apply online
The LCO is currently seeking applications from Ontarians who wish to become at-large members of the LCO Board. Appointments are for three years with a potential renewal for an additional term. The Board is responsible for the overall supervision of the LCO. This role includes approving the LCO’s policies; budgets; and projects, final reports, and recommendations. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 27, 2017.
Seniors Community Grant Program 2017-2019
September 25, 2017 – Toronto, Ministry of Seniors Affairs
The Ministry of Seniors Affairs is pleased to invite applications for the fifth annual Seniors Community Grant Program. Since its inception, these grants have supported more than 1,300 projects that have touched the lives of approximately 435,000 seniors. Funding of up to $5 million is available in 2017 -2019 to organizations working to benefit Ontario seniors. NEW THIS YEAR! Grants of up to $100,000 are available for the first time this year. If you represent an incorporated organization and have an idea for a
major project, you may be eligible. Deadline: 5:00 (EST) on Thursday, November 30, 2017 Learn more.
Three top phone scams — and how to avoid falling for them
August 21, 2017 – Toronto Star, Toronto
Impostor scams overtook identity theft last year for the first time, becoming the second-most reported fraud behind debt-collection scams, in which fake debt collectors say a loan payment is due, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Overall, there were nearly 1.3 million fraud-related complaints reported last year, up about 2 per cent from 2015. Most people said they were scammed after a phone call. Read Tips
The Ministry of the Status of Women is developing a strategy to support the economic empowerment of women and girls, of all ages and at all economic levels in our province. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to review our paper, Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Call to Action for Ontario, and send your comments or suggestions to us at [email protected] before September 1, 2017. We also invite you to participate in our online survey on women’s economic empowerment, available at Ontario.ca/EmpowerWomen. We will report back on the findings of this consultation in September 2017 before the final strategy is released in Fall 2017.
Ontario issues rare order to Ottawa to improve failing long-term care homes
August 15, 2017 – Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, ON
The City of Ottawa has been slapped with an “unheard of” blanket order from the province to improve safety and care at three of its four long-term care homes following a string of incidents, including the repeated punching of one resident by a caregiver and head injuries suffered by another resident that were later covered up… told to come up with a plan to address areas of concern, including training on prevention of abuse and neglect and mandatory reporting. Read more
Ontario urged to overhaul power of attorney laws to improve ‘accountability’
March 8, 2017 – Toronto Star, Toronto, ON
The creation of a specialized tribunal and more education and transparency around power of attorney are among the 58 recommendations in a report going to government on strengthening the laws around substitute decision-making for people who are incapacitated. The Law Commission of Ontario found the system around substitute decision-making is complex and lacks co-ordination. Read story
Law Commission of Ontario Releases Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-Making and Guardianship
March 8, 2017 – Toronto, ON
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today releases its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship. The LCO’s Final Report recommends a comprehensive plan to reform Ontario’s laws and policies regarding powers of attorney, guardianship and health care consent. This project responds to public concerns regarding misuse of powers of attorney, elder abuse, excessive intervention in the lives of persons who have disabilities to make independent decisions, barriers to access to justice, and the widespread lack of understanding about Ontario’s complex laws in this area. Read more
Can you hear me?’: New phone scam tricks you into answering ‘yes’
February 23, 2017 – CBC News, Edmonton, Alberta
Now it may not be safe to pick up the phone. A new scam relies on your voice to answer a simple question: “Can you hear me now”? The scammers try to bait callers into answering “yes.” Anti-fraud agencies say that simple acknowledgment can be used to make it sound as if you signed on for a purchase or service. Read more
Seniors urged to be vigilant after police report hike in scams
February 10, 2017 – Toronto Star, Toronto, ON
Toronto police say there’s been an increase in all types of scams targeting the public. There’s the one where a woman is told her grandson is arrested and she needs to hand over bail money. Or the one where the targeted victim supposedly won a lottery but needs to hand over money for fees to claim their jackpot. Read more
Video: Long-term care home where resident brutally beaten cited several times for abuse
February 6, 2017 – CityNews, Toronto, ON
CityNews has learned a facility where an 85-year-old man was brutally attacked by another resident had been warned more than a handful of times that it needed to do a better job at protecting its residents. View Video
Nursing home resident badly beaten at St. Joseph’s Villa
February 2, 2017 – Hamilton Spectator
The family of a man violently beaten while asleep in his nursing home bed is furious with St. Joseph’s Villa.James Acker, 85, was taken by ambulance to the General Hospital on Saturday after a male resident with Alzheimer’s went into his room at the Dundas nursing home around 2 a.m. and attacked him. St. Joseph’s Villa acknowledged the incident and say it’s investigating. read more
Marie-France Lalonde Ontario’s new Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Seniors, Small Businesses and Women’s Issues Among Changes to Ontario Cabinet
January 12, 2017: Office of the Premier
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced changes today to her cabinet that will help improve the quality of life of Ontario seniors, support the growth of small businesses and advance gender equality.
Dipika Damerla, previously Minister Responsible for Seniors, becomes Minister of Seniors Affairs, leading a new, standalone ministry. She will work with partners to promote age-friendly communities and improve the quality of life of Ontario seniors. Read more
Ontario Establishing Patient and Family Advisory Council: Council to Advise on Improving Health Care, Patient Experience
October 26, 2016 – Toronto, ON Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to advise government on health policy priorities that have an impact on patient care and patient experiences in Ontario.
The council will involve patients, families, and caregivers in the policy development process, ensuring that their needs and concerns are fully understood, and will help the health system become more responsive, transparent and accountable. Members of the council will be chosen through a public process that includes opportunities to nominate suitable candidates. Read more
Reasonable Doubt: changes to Ontario tenancy law designed to help survivors of domestic abuse and violence
September 19, 2016 – Toronto, ON
Changes have been made to the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) to shorten the time persons experiencing sexual or domestic violence and/or abuse can break their lease. This article provides an overview of how this new process can help someone break their lease because of an abusive or violent relationship. read More
OSC Investor Office Launches Multi-lingual Website for Investor Education Month
September 29, 2016 -TORONTO, ON
The Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) Investor Office today kicked off Investor Education Month by launching InvestingIntroduction.ca, a new website that provides investing resources in 19 languages. InvestingIntroduction.ca provides unbiased information on investing topics like preventing investment fraud, checking registration of an advisor and firm, and asking a question or making a complaint to the OSC. The website was created in recognition of changing demographics in Ontario, and to better engage communities that speak languages other than English or French.
October is Investor Education Month. Throughout the month, the OSC will be engaging with investors who speak a variety of different languages and promoting InvestingIntroduction.ca to community and cultural groups across Ontario.
CLEO announces new resource Steps in a Family Law Case.
August 11, 2016 – Toronto, ON
This online resource is a set of 3 interactive flowcharts that helps people understand and work through the family law court process. Before you start, takes people through the opening stages, including issues families need to think about and ways to resolve their issues. As an Applicant in a family court case and As a Respondent in a family court case. Also available in French. Read more
New Horizons for Seniors Program 2016
June 21, 2016 – Ottawa, ON
The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. The New Horizons for Seniors Program was launched in October 2004. Projects funded are helping seniors become active members of their communities by encouraging them to use their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit other people in their communities.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is now accepting applications for Community-based projects funding from June 16, 2016 until July 29, 2016. See our website for important eligibility information: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/community/index.shtml or visit any Service Canada Centre.
Federal funding to help tackle social isolation among seniors
June 13, 2016 – Hamilton, ON Hamilton Spectator
Seven organizations in Hamilton are coming together to help tackle social isolation among seniors.This collaboration — dubbed the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Population Impact Plan— is receiving $2 million in funding through the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. Read more
New study gives shocking snapshot of elder abuse in Canada
May 26, 2016 – Toronto, ON CP24 News
More than 3/4 of a million Canadian seniors were abused last year, double the number from a similar study done in 1989.
The Struggle of Being a Caregiver
April 5, 2016 -Toronto, ON The National
Being a caregiver to a parent, or loved one can be exhausting and stressful. According to a new study, it is so difficult that some caregivers are finding themselves unable to continue.
Older Same-sex Couples Face Specific Challenges
March 14, 2016 – The Norwich Bulletin
Largely invisible until very recently, there are about 3 million Americans age 60 or older who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, experts say. That number is expected to double by 2030, said Grant Stancliff, spokesman for the advocacy group Equality Ohio. Baby boomers are the first generation of LGBT people to have lived openly gay or transgender lives. Read More
The Struggle With LGBTQ Health Care Options
March 15, 2016 – Toronto, ON Torontoist
The research, dubbed LGBTQ Homecare Access Project, found that Ontario’s LGBTQ communities face barriers to finding high-quality home care that meet their distinctive needs. These needs can range from particular health-care requirements—such as physical or medical treatments regarding gender transition or coping with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis—to general concerns about discrimination and just behaviour. Read More
Canadian Seniors Dangerously Overmedicated, Advocates Call for Change
March 07, 2016 – Toronto, ON CBC Radio
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2012 nearly two-thirds of senior citizens in Canada were taking five or more prescription drugs. And health advocates are calling for the number of prescriptions used by Canadian seniors to be cut in half by 2020. Anti-psychotic drugs are commonly used in senior homes to help residents keep calm. But critics say they’re often overused. Listen to Interview Here
March is Fraud Prevention Month: Recognize, Reject and Report Fraud!
Competition Bureau announces the National Top 10 Scams
March 1, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON Competition Bureau
Fraud Prevention Month 2016 kicks off today with the release of the national list of Top 10 Scams targeting Canadian consumers, as well as tips on how they can protect themselves. The Bureau and its partners will be making a number of announcements during Fraud Prevention Month to help consumers and businesses recognize, reject and report fraud.
Investor Office Launches Fact Cards to Continue Modernizing Investor Education
February 17, 2016 – Toronto, ON Ontario Securities Commission
The Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) Investor Office today introduced Fact Cards, free digital cards containing unbiased information on investment topics that can be embedded on third-party websites. The Fact Cards cover topics ranging from the red flags of investment fraud to understanding mutual funds to checking the registration of a financial advisor. They are all identified with the OSC’s consumer education website GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca.
Ontario Closes Personal Support Worker Registry
January 27, 2016 – Toronto, ON Toronto Star
The health ministry quietly began shutting down an electronic registry of more than 35,000 personal support workers on Monday, after complaints that the database contained unverified information about individuals’ training, educational and criminal backgrounds.
Ontario Making Hospital Parking More Affordable
Putting Patients First By Reducing Fees for Frequent Visitors
January 18, 2016 – Toronto, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario is making hospital parking more affordable for thousands of patients, their loved ones and caregivers. As of October 1, 2016, hospitals that charge more than $10 a day for parking will be required to provide 5-, 10- and 30-day passes that are:Discounted by 50 per cent off their daily rate, Transferable between patients and caregivers, Equipped with in-and-out privileges throughout a 24-hour period, Good for one year from the date of purchase.
Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) releases its Interim Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship for public feedback.
January 11, 2016 – Toronto
The Interim Report includes draft recommendations designed to respond to concerns about Ontario’s laws addressing situations where decisions are needed but decision-making abilities are at issue. In particular, there are concerns about misuse or abuse of powers of attorney, inappropriate or excessive intervention in the lives of persons with disabilities that may affect their decision-making abilities, the means available to individuals and families to enforce rights or resolve disputes in this area, and the effective implementation of these laws. The LCO encourages feedback from members of the public, including older adults and persons with disabilities, family members, service providers, policy-makers, lawyers and advocates, until Friday, March 4, 2016, as part of its public consultation process.
Exciting News from Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC)
January 4, 2016 – Toronto
Dee Lender has accepted the position of executive director of OARC as of January 4, 2016. Dee’s passion for person centred care began 25 years ago as a university student in Gerontology. Throughout her career as Activity Director, Coordinator of Family and Resident Services, Educator, Counselor and Consultant, Dee understands the challenges and importance of our changing culture and changing demographics.
Deputy Minister of Seniors Affairs appoints a new Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division
December 21, 2015 – Toronto, ON Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
Juanita Dobson will be leaving the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat (OSS) to take on a new role at the Ministry of the Attorney General as Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division. For an interim period, Abby Katz Starr, currently Director at the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, to take on the position of Assistant Deputy Minister Responsible for Seniors’ Issues. Read More
Province Strengthens Voice of Patients in Ontario’s Health Care System
December 10, 2015 – Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario has selected Christine Elliott as the province’s first-ever Patient Ombudsman.In her role as Patient Ombudsman, once officially appointed, Elliott would help meet the needs of patients who have not had their concerns resolved through existing complaint mechanisms.
Ontario long-term care ‘a system in crisis,’ workers say
Dec 6, 2015 – Ottawa, ON CBC News,
Patients in Ontario long-term care homes are at growing risk of abuse and neglect if shortcomings underscored in this week’s auditor general’s report aren’t addressed, say advocates and workers at long-term care facilities. “You’re going to get more and more abuse. You’re going to get more and more neglect,” said Linda Assad Butcher, a retired ER nurse and dean of nursing whose husband, diagnosed with early onset dementia, lives at the municipally run Gary J. Armstrong facility in Ottawa.
City expanding focus on 65-plus population
December 6, 2015 – TBnewswatch
The “Silver Tsunami” of aging baby boomers has begun and as strain begins to show on Thunder Bay’s senior services, the city’s expanding its focus on aging. Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs Mario Sergio met with municipal leaders earlier this week to discuss progress on the city’s aging strategy and hear concerns over the infrastructure needed to support the 7,000 local people over the age of 65.
Retirement Homes Act Five-Year Review
December, 2015 – Toronto, ON Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
The Government of Ontario is currently reviewing the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. A report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs on December 10, 2015.
Ontario Accepting Applications for Seniors Community Grants
November 30, 2015 – Toronto, ON Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
Province Helping Reduce Social Isolation Among Seniors
Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program to help more seniors stay active and engaged in their communities. The province is investing $2 million to support not-for-profit community projects that increase volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors.
Coroner’s report warns of violence in nursing homes
November 17, 2015, Toronto, ON Toronto Star
Repeated violent behaviour by nursing-home residents with dementia is being tolerated, placing other residents and staff at risk, warns a report from the provincial coroner’s office. Prepared by the coroner’s Geriatric and Long Term Care Death Review Committee, the report reviews 13 homicides over the last two years. Most occurred in nursing homes and involved one senior — usually suffering from dementia — pushing or assaulting another.
Report urges Ontario to take action on violence at long-term care homes
November 17, 2015, Toronto, ON The Globe and Mail
“The issue of resident-on-resident violence in [long-term care] homes is an urgent and persistent issue,” finds the report by the Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee. Given the aging population, the issue is not going away, Dr. Skinner said, and so an appropriate response is required. Read more..
MPP Marie-France Lalonde’s proposes a Petition regarding “Grandchild Access”
September 14, 2015, Ottawa
Grandparents should have access is grandchildren when denied by parents. View video
Careworkers who assaulted 92-year-old sentenced to 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends
October 21, 2015, Calgary Herald
In the fall of 2013, Wissner told family members that care home staff were hurting him. By the new year, he pleaded with his sons not to leave him alone. Wissner’s family installed a motion-activated camera in his room on Feb. 3, 2014. Three careworkers were each sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 hours of community service and a year of probation. The probation includes participating in counselling or other anger management treatment.
Peterborough Police create video on aging and healthy conversations
October 5, 2015 – Peterborough, ON Peterborough Police Service
To help mark Family Week (Oct. 5 – 9) the Peterborough Police Service has launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to encourage local families to start having conversations around the stresses that can sometimes accompany aging but can be lessened with early conversations. To view the video please visit www.facebook.com/PLCPS
Law Commission of Ontario Welcomes New Executive Director
September 29, 2015 – Toronto, ON Law Commission of Ontario
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO), I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aneurin (Nye) Thomas as the next Executive Director of the Law Commission. Nye has had a distinguished career at Legal Aid Ontario, most recently serving as Director General, Policy and Strategic Research.
75 New Nurse Practitioners to be Hired in Long-Term Care Homes
September 24, 2015 – Toronto, ON Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario is providing funding for up to 75 new attending nurse practitioners in long-term care homes over three years, including 30 starting this fall. The new attending nurse practitioners will be the onsite primary care provider for patients. Working as part of a team of health professionals, these new nurses will help strengthen the care that residents receive in long-term care homes and the community.
Auditor wants thorough review of home care services
September 23, 2015 – Toronto, ON Toronto Star
Ontario’s auditor general has questions about why nearly 40 per cent of home care funds aren’t for “face-to-face” care. Nearly 40 per cent of the $1.5 billion the province spends on centres that provide home and community based health care doesn’t go toward “face-to-face” treatment of patients. That’s among the key findings in a 65-page report from Ontario’s auditor general, who is calling for a thorough review of how community-care access centres deliver services to patients.
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights – Historic Legislation Now in Force
July 24, 2015 – Halifax, NS – Department of Justice
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay announced the coming-into-force of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. The new law provides clear rights for victims of crime at the federal level – a first in Canadian history. The Minister also highlighted Criminal Code amendments in the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act that also recently came into force to better protect children from a range of sexual offences.
The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights includes a balanced package of rights that will deliver real and concrete change for victims of crime without compromising the efficiency of the criminal justice system. In recognition of the costs associated with the implementation process, the Government is providing more than $54 million to support the consistent, timely and effective implementation of this historic legislation.
New charges laid against PSW accused in assault of elderly man
July 23, 2015 – CTV News
A personal support worker who was charged last week with the sexual assault of a 95-year-old man last week is now facing six new charges, Toronto police say. The investigation began Thursday, when a 95-year-old man was assaulted in his home, in the area of Broadview and Mortimer Avenues. A man employed as a personal support worker went to a client’s residence and then allegedly sexually assaulted a 95-year-old man, officers said in a statement.
Maritime researchers conducting expansive elder abuse study
July 22, 2015 – CBC News Prince Edward Island
A group of Maritime researchers is asking P.E.I. and New Brunswick health care professionals to report elder abuse cases in a new online survey. Researchers hope to get 200 responses from health care professionals. The group is called the Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults Research Team and it includes investigators from the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, Universite de Moncton and U.P.E.I.
Elders Deserve our Respect, Not Abuse
The Sarnia-Lambton Elder Abuse Awareness Network (SLEAAN) recognized World Elder Abuse on June 15 with a ceremonial tree planting at Aamjiwnaang (Sarnia) First Nation. The tree was planted as a reminder, to me, that this is a spiritual event, and that we are all here because the Creator put us here to get along and work together, and that we all only have so much time on Earth.
CRA phone scam uses fear of tax man to swindle ‘not so smart’ Canadians
Scam artists are preying on one of our biggest fears… getting into trouble with the tax man. Canadians across the country are falling victim to a phone scam where the fraudster poses as an agent with the Canada Revenue Agency. People are told they owe tax money and must pay up.
Elder Care Research Project
June 16, 2015- NTD Reuters
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), the Toronto Chinese Canadian National Council we hosted a media conference to presented the preliminary results of phase 1 of the Elder Care Research Project which was funded by the City of Toronto Community Safety Special Fund. Interview with Principal Investigator Zhang Han. See more
Financially victimized seniors tell their stories in new video campaign
June 16, 2015 – CBC News
Video tells 4 stories of seniors being victimized by family members, friends, or financial advisors. The Community Elder Abuse Prevention Committee in Thunder Bay hopes a new video featuring cautionary tales will help seniors guard against financial abuse. The video features four stories of city residents who were financially victimized. Detective Constable Diane MacLaurin said she hopes the first-person stories will send a powerful message.
Research reveals tensions experienced by Chinese elders and family members living in a caring relationship
June 15, 2015 – CCVoice
As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) approaches, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is releasing the preliminary findings of its ongoing research project that aims to shed light on the complex socio-economic issue of elder abuse and elder care by looking at the tensions elders and their family members face in a caring relationship.
Government of Canada announces project promoting social inclusion of seniors and marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2015 – CNW
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding worth $25,000 to HelpAge Canada for their Seen Your Citizen? project. Minister Wong also marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
Elders need to protect themselves from fraudsters, expert says
June 15, 2015 – CBC News British Columbia
Elders are often taken advantage of by those closest to them, says Akash Sablok. Elder fraud is common, but a B.C. notary public says there are ways seniors can protect themselves from fraudsters, whether they are strangers or family members.
Care for Alzheimer’s patients is a long-term problem
June 13, 2015 – Toronto Sun
Bob Lawrence sits with his wife, Cheryl Lawrence, at Hillsdale Terraces on June 1, 2015. Bob is concerned about the long-term care for his 71-year-old wife who has Alzheimer’s.
Ontario nursing home residents among most depressed in Canada
June 10, 2015 – Toronto Star
A new tool, described as “unprecedented in the world,” measures the performance of more than 1,000 Canadian long-term care homes.
Bruce Hyer Tables Seniors’ Bill of Rights Legislation
June 2, 2015 – Ottawa
MP for Thunder Bay–Superior North and Green Party Deputy Leader Bruce Hyer tables his latest Private Members Bill, Seniors Bill of Rights: An Act to amend the Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act (Living Situation of Seniors).
Why elder abuse remains a ‘hidden epidemic’
May 14 2015- Toronto Star, Carol Goar Star Columnist
For the past three years, MacPherson has been spearheading the development of a campaign called It’s Not Right! Changing Social Norms for Bystanders of Abuse of Older Adults. The objective is to turn bystanders into first responders.
How healthy is our system in addressing sexual abuse of patients?
The Ontario government appointed a Task Force on the Sexual Abuse of Patients to review the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991), which covers what Ontario regulated health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, psychologists, chiropractors, optometrists) should and should not do and includes rules about complaints and discipline. The Task Force’s goal is to give advice and recommendations to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on how to strengthen the law that addresses sexual abuse of patients by regulated health professionals.
METRAC is helping the Task Force connect with patient-survivors of sexual abuse by Ontario regulated health professionals (e.g. doctors, chiropractors, nurses). Your stories and ideas will help the Task Force give advice and recommendations to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on how to strengthen the law on sexual abuse of patients. To complete the Questionnaire and how to book an interview go to: www.metrac.org/ontariopatients
Government of Canada to help alleviate social isolation through New Horizons for Seniors Program 2015-2016 Call for Proposals for Pan-Canadian Projects
March 27, 2015 – Gatineau, Quebec – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced today that a call for proposals for pan-Canadian projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) will be launched in mid-May 2015 and be open for six weeks. Successful projects will focus exclusively on addressing social isolation among seniors and will be funded between $150,000 and $750,000, over a period of up to three years.
End-of-life planning website launched for LGBT seniors
Mar 25, 2015 – On The Island, CBC News
LGBT End-of-Life Conversations helps seniors find services that are LGBT-friendly (audio and article)
Toronto nursing home borrowed cash from residents’ private trust accounts
Mar. 16 2015 – The Globe and Mail
Despite a provincial law that is supposed to protect clients from financial abuse, the chair of the board at the Ina Grafton Gage Home approved taking $30,000 from the residents’ accounts on July 11, 2012, and another $7,000 the next day.
Documentary on senior abuse should be an eye opener
February 19, 2015
Reh’ma Community Services in Scarborough has produced a video ‘In My Own Family’ that is based on a tremendous amount of research and years of experience working with seniors. Not only does it illuminate the problems facing South Asian seniors, there is also discussion on solutions for intervention and prevention of senior abuse.
CLEO Publication on Elder Abuse Back in Stock
February 10, 2015 – Community Legal Education Ontario
CLEO’s Elder Abuse: The Hidden Crime is back in stock. This resource describes the different types of elder abuse, the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, why it happens, and why it is seldom reported. It also includes information on how to get help and support, and lists resources available in communities across Ontario. Available online and in print, in English and French.
Beware of ‘grandparents scam, Hamilton police say
February 10, 2015- CBC News
9 tips to avoid being scammed.
Hamilton police are dealing with a rash of “grandparent scams” where thieves call and claim to be grandchildren in distress, and get the seniors to send money. Police have seen a number of them so far this year, said Det. Terri-Lynn Collings from the Hamilton Police crimes against seniors unit. Grandparent scams were prevalent in Hamilton in 2012, she said, and now they’re back.
Grandson arrested following theft from Grandma
February 3, 2015 –Following an investigation, a 20 year old Peterborough man is facing charges after approximately $2,000 was stolen from his Grandmother’s bank account.
Confronting the Challenges of Elder Abuse
February 3, 2015 – Doreen Nicoll
Hamilton woman defrauded elderly relative of $105K
February 2, 2015 – CBC News
A 40-year-old Hamilton woman has been convicted of defrauding an elderly relative of $105,000 over several months. Teresa Rosko has been sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay restitution of the stolen amount, Hamilton Police Services say.
Growing concern about incidents of elder abuse
February 2, 2015 -Timmins Daily Press
The South Porcupine detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is raising the alarm about elder abuse.
Immacula Eugène sentenced to 15 months for elder abuse
February 4, 2015 – CBC News Montreal
Eugène pleaded guilty to assault, administering noxious substance to CHSLD St-Lambert-Sur-le-Golf patients. A former seniors’ residence caregiver who pleaded guilty to elder mistreatment has been sentenced to 15 months in jail. Immacula Eugène worked at the CHSLD St-Lambert-Sur-le-Golf, a private-public long-term care facility for seniors in St-Lambert.
Casey Kasem’s Daughter Demands LAPD Arrest Widow for Elder Abuse
January 30, 2015 – Hollywood Reporter
The late, legendary DJ Casey Kasem’s daughter Kerri Kasem and family members staged a press conference at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday to urge the Los Angeles Police Department to arrest Mr. Kasem’s widow Jean Kasem.
Ontario Seniors Community Grants Accepting Applications
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors Making Progress
January 28, 2015 Seniors’ Secretariat
Ontario is now accepting applications for the Seniors Community Grant Program to help more seniors stay safe, active and engaged in their communities.
Care provider sentenced in elder abuse case
January 27, 2015 – The Intelligencer
A 52-year-old personal support worker, was sentenced to a six-month conditional sentence of imprisonment for stealing money from an elderly city woman. Justice Stephen Hunter sentenced Susan Lalonde to three months of house arrest (she will serve the other three in the community), 12 months probation and to pay $500 in restitution in Belleville court Wednesday.
Kimberly Whaley on CBC Radio’s ‘Ontario Today’: “Why wars over who gets what are getting worse”
January 19, 2015 – CBC Radio Podcast
Kimberly A. Whaley, Litigation Lawyer, speaks on people going to court over inheritance in increasing numbers. And now Ontario just changed the rules around estate tax to make sure the province gets its piece of the pie. Open the lines with estate lawyer.
Minister Wong announces new initiative to help vulnerable seniors receive CPP and OAS benefits
January 16, 2015-Vancouver, British Columbia, Employment and Social Development Canada
Minister Wong renewed the Government of Canada’s commitment to reach the most vulnerable seniors, such as those who are incapable of managing their own affairs while they are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The Government is undertaking targeted efforts, by working with community organizations, to increase their capacity to assist these seniors and ensure they receive the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits for which they are eligible.
How Skype and email could help seniors avoid loneliness – and an early death
Dec 26, 2014 – CBC News
University of Toronto lab looking at ways of combating isolation. Researchers say that loneliness is not only emotionally taxing but can affect your life expectancy. This is of particular concern to seniors, but many have found that modern communications technology provides a means of keeping loneliness at bay.
Minister Wong highlights key accomplishments for seniors in 2014
December 22, 2014 – Gatineau, Quebec – Employment and Social Development Canada
Minister Wong unveiled the first ever Government of Canada Action for Seniors report, highlighting federal programs and services across the federal government that can be accessed by seniors, their families, and caregivers.
NCAL Wins National Award for LGBT In-Service Training
December 16, 2014 – Long Term Care Leader
The NCAL training program offers things caregivers can do for LGBT residents in assisted living communities. Specifically, it advocates ongoing education and sensitivity training to increase cultural competency.
Announcing Stop Family Violence
December 15, 2014 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Stop Family Violence provides you with a one-stop source of information on family violence. Stop Family Violence is presented by Canada’s Family Violence Initiative, which brings together 15 federal government departments and agencies to prevent and respond to family violence.
Elder/Vulnerable Adults Abuse consultation phone line now available
December 11, 2014 – Ottawa Police Service
The Ottawa Police Service Elder Abuse Unit, in partnership with the Victim Crisis Unit, is launching a new consultation phone line for members of the public who have questions/concerns pertaining to elder or vulnerable adult abuse.
Senior citizens are mobilizing against ageism: Goar
December 9, 2014 – The Star
Carewatch, a group formed to lobby for home care, has taken on the bigger battle of fighting ageism.
La Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada – Special on FAAFC!
December 8, 2014
The Federation of Canadian seniors and Francophone seniors is pleased to present a special on their organization and its network. This show is an opportunity to provide an overview of the work of the FAAFC and association members as well as to see their energy and commitment to Francophone communities.
Release of National Seniors Council report on the social isolation of seniors
November 24, 2014 – Gatineau, Quebec – Employment and Social Development
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced today the release of the National Seniors Council’s (NSC’s) Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors – 2013-2014, which is now available online. The NSC report provides a summary of the consultation findings as well as innovative and promising practices to help address this social problem.
Mental health and elder abuse awareness: UOIT celebrates vibrant community partnership
November 12, 2013
Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) to a researcher with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) create police simulation videos on issues of mental health, and in the understanding of mental illness.
Elder Abuse on the Rise
Edmonton Sun, October 06, 2013
Edmonton Police Service discuss the importance of their dedicated elder abuse unit to keep up with the growing workload. The unit currently consists of one constable who is part of a team that includes two nurses and two social workers.
Connecting Seniors to Their Communities. Ontario Funds Social Inclusion, Volunteerism and Community Engagement Projects
October 1, 2014 – Seniors’ Secretariat
Ontario is helping seniors stay connected to their communities through the Seniors Community Grant Program, the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors.
Harper government introduces the Digital Privacy Act, which will provide added protection for seniors against financial abuse
April 9, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government tabled a new bill in Parliament that will include measures to address rising concerns about financial abuse of seniors. The new legislation will allow banks and other organizations, to notify officials or a client’s next of kin if they suspect that an elderly client is the victim of financial abuse.
Rex Murphy: Elder Abuse – The National – CBC Player
April 3, 2014 – CBC News
Rex shares his feelings on the case of a 94-year-old woman who was defrauded of her life savings
Unknown, Unnoticed and Unreported: Recognizing Elderly Abuse
November 27, 2012 -Huff Post Blog,
CBC Radio “Ideas” with Paul Kennedy, “When Families Start Talking”
CBC Radio 2012 – Podcast
Even the best of families can run into trouble when grappling with the needs of aging parents, the demands of care-giving and the shifting dynamics between siblings over money and inheritance. Estates mediator Genevieve Chornenki looks at these hot button issues and explores if families can talk about them without wanting to kill each other.
When Families Start Talking, Part 1
When Families Start Talking, Part 2
Investigating Officer: Says number of reported incidents growing Care provider sentenced in elder abuse case
The Intelligencer, January 27, 2015
Orillia couple sentenced to one-year in jail for failing to provide necessities of life
Simcoe News, January 16, 2015
Orillia couple jailed for elder abuse
QMI Agency, January 16, 2015
Elder abuse, fraud trial starts Monday
The Intelligencer, January 19, 2015
Uxbridge man Kevin Plein sentenced to 18 years in deaths of mother, sister Disregard for frail women called ‘callous, grotesque’
Durham Region, January 9, 2014
Long-term Care Homes Resident-to-resident abuse calls to police increasing
Bantford Expositor, January 2, 2015
An invisible crime: Seniors financial abuse
British Columbia, Global News November 12, 2014
Crown seeks 20 years for Uxbridge man, Kevin Plein, in deaths of mother and sister Convicted of manslaughter, criminal negligence
Uxbridge Times Journal, November 04, 2014
Belleville woman charged in elder abuse case
The Canadian Press, September 17, 2014
Off-duty cop helps Oshawa senior after distraction theft
Oshawa This Week, April 07, 2014
Ontario to beef up inspections at long-term care homes
The Globe and Mail June, 10 2013
Nursing home abuse incident not isolated, say experts
CTVNews Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Hidden camera catches abuse at Ontario seniors facility
CBC News , May 20, 2013
More than 10,000 Canadians abused annually by fellow nursing home residents
The Star, February 09 2013
Toronto police arrest couple in elder abuse, fraud investigation
Global News April 2, 2014
Nursing home residents at risk: W5 investigation reveals startling national statistics
CTV W5, February 9, 2013