Elder abuse: the Canadian experience

J Elder Abuse Negl. 2008;20(2):126-50. doi: 10.1080/08946560801974612.


Abuse and neglect of older adults occurs in all Canadian communities and solutions require the coordinated efforts of society at large. Amelioration entails more than a legislative approach. Prevention of this growing problem is a social responsibility that requires networking and collaboration between different disciplines in all sectors of the community. This article will discuss elder abuse in Canada from a historical perspective, as well as current legislation, model programs, and research initiatives. It is intended to allow for comparison from the various countries presented in this volume. Hopefully, readers will find some models, or ideas, they may wish to explore or even replicate within their own jurisdictions.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Canada
  • Elder Abuse / ethnology
  • Elder Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Elder Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Elder Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Public Policy
  • Research