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e-Newsletter April, 2023

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) proudly celebrated National Volunteer Week, April 16- 22, 2023. This annual acknowledgement is a special time for EAPO, where we continue extend our appreciation to volunteers with whom we engage daily, honoring their fundamental contributions towards promoting older adults’ rights, dignity and respect in communities across Ontario.   

This year’s theme, ‘Volunteering Weaves us Together’', highlights how crucial volunteering is for the well-being and liveliness of our communities, as we engage in interconnected efforts to assist one another. EAPO recognizes volunteer contributions of the Elder Abuse Prevention Networks, and local, provincial and national agencies and organizations supporting seniors and caregivers for sharing their time, talents, and energies to support to ensure seniors stay safe, have a strong voice and feel respected.

We look forward to our continued collaboration in creating a strong, interconnected, vibrant and safe communities for seniors in Ontario!

Marta Hajek


Volunteer Canada

Submit a nomination for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

Do you know a person or an organization that has done volunteer work in the past year?

You can nominate them to receive an award! The recipients can identify a not-for-profit organization of their choice to receive a grant.

Deadline: April 26, 2023

Learn more here

Présentez une candidature pour les Prix pour le bénévolat du Canada

Vous connaissez une personne ou une organisation qui a fait du bénévolat au cours de la dernière année? Vous pouvez soumettre sa candidature dès maintenant pour qu’elle reçoive un prix! Les lauréats reçoivent une subvention à remettre à l’organisation sans but lucratif de leur choix.

Vous avez jusqu’au 26 avril 2023

Apprendre encore plus ici

Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform

With more than 75,000 volunteer opportunities to choose from, you can narrow your search by location, interest, skills, or motivations. Get involved in your own community, another region – or even volunteer virtually! You can do something on your own or participate as a group.

This platform is connected to local volunteer centres around the country that work with organizations that serve diverse areas such as sports and recreation, health and social services, arts and culture, the environment, human rights, international development, social justice and more. Learn more

EAPO Training / Webinars

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Crypto Scams: What are they and how to stay safe


Current Frauds and Trends Affecting Seniors


Join EAPO and CNPEA on May 16th, 2023 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PT for our webinar, Supporting Vulnerable Victims and Witnessess.

Guest Megan Vis-Dunbar, staff lawyer, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, who will highlight findings of their research project on available tools and best practices for working with victims of crime and witnesses who have capability issues. 

Hosted in recognition of Victims & Survivors Week

Register Now

Harm to Older Persons Evaluation (HOPE) tool

A Risk Assessment for Older Adult Mistreatment


May 17th & 19th, 2023

EAPO in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Storey, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent are pleased to host a 2 day virtual training for frontline professionals.

Space is limited - Register Early!

Fee: $125

View Training Details Here

This event is hosted In recognition of Victims & Survivors Week

 Register Now  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2023

On June 15th, we’re hosting a free national webinar event for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

This is the main event of WEAAD—a not-to-be-missed interactive experience that brings together a panel of experts, political figures, advocates and concerned people like you to engage in an inspiring discussion about how we, as a country, can end elder abuse and protect the rights of older people.

The event features an all-star lineup of speakers, including some very special guests. We will be announcing the lineup soon.

Make sure you secure your seat quickly, as space is limited, and share widely with your networks! Look for upcoming details at Canada's National WEAAD website:

Pre-Register Now

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, in collaboration with local Elder Abuse Networks, community organizations and businesses will be planning WEAAD activities across the province to mobilize community action to promote the rights of older adults!

EAPO has created a WEAAD Toolkit of resources and materials to support you in planning events, designing educational and promotional materials for awareness activities, promote your WEAAD events using WEAAD logos, available in French and English, or simply supporting this year's campaign, "Rights Do Not Get Old" using the Social Media Templates and hashtag #WEAAD2023.

More social media assets coming soon!

June 1st


On June 1st of each year, people of all ages across Canada come together to celebrate Intergenerational Day. This day promotes the knowledge and cultural exchange between different generations as well as fosters healthy relationships among seniors and young people in the community. There are many ways to celebrate intergenerational day – small gestures like asking about a seniors’ day or bigger events like a PROVINCIAL TEA PARTY!

Support this day by Proclaiming June 1st in your jurisdiction. Learn how you can get involved and plan an IG Day event:

New EAPO Infographics

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, EAPO has created a new tool,

7 ways to support seniors in your community.

Download here

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 the Infographic here

Cyber Security is the set of practices that you put in place to protect your devices and personal and financial information.

Cyber criminals target individuals to gain information they can exploit to steal money from you.

Download the Infographic: here

NEW EAPO Video / NOUVELLE vidéos

It's Time to Talk About Elder Abuse

Il est temps de parler de la maltraitance des personnes âgées

What can you do to help

(Part 3)

EAPO Part 3 What you can do to help

Ce que vous pouvez faire pour aider

(Partie 3)

Elder abuse can take many forms, making it difficult to detect. Common signs of elder abuse include physical injuries, negative behavioral changes, or unexplained financial and legal transactions.

By learning about the warning signs of elder abuse, families can be better prepared to keep their loved ones safe and secure.

Watch EAPO's New video here

La maltraitance des personnes âgées peut prendre de nombreuses formes, ce qui la rend souvent difficile à repérer. Les signes courants de maltraitance des personnes âgées comprennent les blessures physiques, les changements de comportement négatifs ou les transactions inexpliquées. En apprenant tous les signes avant-coureurs de la maltraitance des personnes âgées, les familles peuvent être mieux préparées à assurer la sécurité de leurs proches.

Regardez la Nouvelle vidéo de l'PMAO ici

francophones Ressources et webinaire

d’Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF)

nouvelle plateforme de formations en ligne

Ces cours vous permettront d’approfondir vos connaissances et d’améliorer votre capacité à soutenir les femmes aux prises avec la violence. 

Plus de 70 ateliers gratuits d'une 

durée de 30 à 45 minutes chacun.

Course categories:

abonnement gratuit et facile - 

Apprendre encore plus:

Le Réseau de prévention de la maltraitance des aîné.e.s francophones de l'Ontario - le RPMAFO – et la FARFO ont le plaisir de vous inviter à son troisième et dernier atelier de cette série sur l'âgisme:

Partie 3 – Regard et échanges sur les pistes de solutions

le 17 avril 2023 de 10h30 à 12h

en mode virtuel

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire :

Les liens zoom vous seront transmis après avoir reçu votre inscription.

Cet atelier sera animé par Jessica Dupuis, coordonnatrice nationale pour la Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada (la FAAFC)  

Cet atelier formatif de sensibilisation a été développé dans le but de favoriser une prise de conscience collective quant à la présence de l’âgisme dans les communautés. Il vise aussi à rehausser les connaissances quant à la présence de cette forme de discrimination basée sur l’âge pouvant avoir de lourdes conséquences physiques, psychologiques et sociales sur les aîné.e.s qui en sont victimes.  

NEW Awareness & Educational Videos


#aging #ageism

If you're over a certain age, you may have already experienced it. The painful realization you've been discriminated against due to age.

Finally, powerful movements are afoot to tackle this profound social problem.

Produced by Telus Originals -

Feb 27, 2023

"Stop IT!"

A short film to raise awareness of elder abuse, made by Angus Glen Older Adults Club (AGOAC) Filmmaking Group with the support from older adult volunteers.

"Instead of making a film for seniors who are often the ones being abused, we want to target our story to the abusers or potential abusers or would-be abusers, mainly the young generations,” said Yee, Film Producer. Read Article

View Project:

Legal Considerations for Caregivers Part 2 - Substitute Decision Maker and Power of Attorney

WoodGreen Community Services and East Toronto Health Partners have launched a series of free educational videos to help unpaid caregivers navigate Ontario’s complex healthcare system to get the help and support they need for their care recipients and themselves. 

Topics include:


  • What to do if your care recipient is in the hospital

  • How to find subsidies and other financial support

  • How to access home care

  • How to apply for long-term care or a retirement home

  • How to become a Substitute Decision Maker and a Power of Attorney

  • And much more!


All the videos can be found on WoodGreen’s website and YouTube channel.

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) released 3 short videos to generate public awareness of Powers of Attorney (POA) and to encourage 

individuals to consider making a POA for themselves.


The videos aim to:

  • increase awareness about Powers of Attorney, including what they are, when they are used, and why they are important; ​
  • encourage their appropriate and responsible use; and
  • dispel misconceptions and myths about what happens when a person becomes incapable


The videos, available in both English, French and described video, can be viewed on the Ontario Government’s YouTube channel or via the following links:


POA 1 English: What are Powers of Attorney?

French Qu’est-ce qu’une procuration?

POA 2 English: Powers of Attorney: Myths and Realities

French: Procurations - Mythes et réalités

POA 3 English: Powers of Attorney: Tips and Considerations

French: Procurations : conseils et considérations

NEW Research, Resources and Reports

Report on Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Older Persons

International Longevity Centre Canada, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario wrote a report on that was submitted to the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights By Older Persons for the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council.

Read report :

Police-reported gender-related homicides of women and girls in Canada, 2011 to 2021 (Released Apr. 5, 2023)

34% of victims were 50 years or older

Gender-related homicides of women and girls are solved homicides committed by a male accused who was an intimate partner or family member of the victim, who inflicted sexual violence on the victim as part of the killing, or who killed a victim who was identified as a sex worker. Read the Full Report

EGALE - Fostering Dialogues

This arts-based action research project brought together LGBTQ older adults and PSWs from Ontario in a virtual 12-week arts & dialogue program. This program explored themes of home, care, and futures of community-based care through facilitated conversations, art-making, and co-creation of a digital mural.

View the project page to read the results of this process of engagement, including an interactive collective digital mural and project report.

View at

Residents’ Bill of Rights: Your rights if you live in a long‑term care home

In Ontario, long-term care homes must follow a law called the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021, which includes a Residents’ Bill of Rights. This resource explains these rights in language that’s easy to understand. It lets residents know what they can do if their rights are not being followed and includes a list of places that give legal help and information.

Download/Order Copies :

National programmes for age-friendly cities and communities A guide

In the past 15 years, the global age-friendly community has grown and strengthened, as more and more cities and communities are committed to becoming better places in which to grow older. This guide provides direction to national authorities and stakeholders responsible for or involved in forming or sustaining national programmes for age-friendly cities and communities.

Learn more :

CIHR Institute of Aging Strategic Plan 2023-2028

Reframing Aging – Empowering Older Adults

Everyone deserves a healthy experience of aging and care that meets them where they are. It's time for us to reframe what it means to age, refocus on the value of lived and living experiences and reposition health care and supports to empower older adults to live vibrant, healthy lives at every stage.

Read and download here

On the triple exclusion of older adults during COVID-19: Technology, digital literacy and social isolation ("Social Sciences & Humanities Open" Journal,  Issue 1, 2023).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between older adults and digital technology became complicated.

Read the article here.

Enhancing Physical and Community Mobility in Older Adults with Health Inequities Using Community Co-Design (EMBOLDEN): Results of an Environmental Scan

(Canadian Geriatrics Journal, March 2023)

It is widely recognized that older adults face barriers to accessing programs that support physical activity and social engagement in their community, leading to social isolation and poor physical and mental health outcomes. Read the research and results here.

OAITH Femicide Report - March

A total of 18 women were killed this year, it is time for action and investment to stop the violence against women. Preventable deaths will continue to climb if action is not taken.

Read: English Report and French Report

Slowly, a growing number of municipalities have declared and acknowledged violence against women as an epidemic, informed by the recommendations repeated in death reviews and inquests for the past thirty years. But there is aneed for new investments in prevention at the local level for VAWCCs, Elder Abuse Prevention Networks and Community Coordination which are fundamental to prevention and community safety.

Read recent reports that support the call for investments:


The Muslim Legal Support Centre is a non-profit organization that defends the rights of Muslims in Ontario. The Centre offers a range of free legal services, including legal advice, legal education, referrals, test case litigation and law reform.

Learn More : Tel: 416-350-2914

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