September 2019 Blog Post written by Andrea Rochon RN, MScN
“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him.” – Randy Pausch
In Ontario, 20% of those 65 years of age and older have experienced or are currently experiencing some form of abuse. Think about that; 1 in every 5 older persons has experienced abuse – and these are just the cases that are reported. Despite this alarming statistic, abuse of older persons is often a hidden issue that is rarely discussed – let’s call it the elephant in health care.