Creating Safe and Respectful Communities for Older Adults: How Elder Abuse can be Prevented through Age-Friendly Community Plans

Date: September 25, 2019


Raeann Rideout, M.A.
Director Partnerships and Outreach & Regional Consultant
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario


The abuse of older adults is becoming all too common in our communities, but by effectively planning for and supporting age-friendly communities, the risks for elder abuse can be mitigated and the abuse prevented.  

Communities across Ontario have been developing Age-Friendly Plans/Strategies and actively engaging in the implementation of these measures, to enhance relevant programs and services to support these communities. The prevention of elder abuse can be integrated within various elements of the World Health Organization’s framework, including Respect and Social Inclusion, and Social Participation.

By being responsive to the needs of older adults, who are vulnerable, at-risk or experiencing abuse, we can create environments that will positively and directly impact the quality of life as people age.

The scope of the presentation will include, but not be limited to:
- Overview of Elder Abuse Prevention and the Role of Community Partnerships & Community Development
- Correlation between Age-Friendly Communities and prevention of elder abuse
- How do we collectively address issues of ageism and isolation
- Assessing examples of how Age-Friendly community action has addressed Elder Abuse
- Examples of ON Elder Abuse Networks reaching out to seniors and the role EAPO plays in collaborative community initiatives
- Discussing what more can we do to support effective policy responses, social networks and fostering social inclusion

Webinar Resources:

Webinar Recording
Webinar Slides

Additional Resources:

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario