Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers

October 06, 2009 12:18 ET

How to Spot – and Stop – Elder Abuse: New Handbook Available!

Why are as many as one in ten older adults in Ontario living with abuse?

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEW PUBLICATION ON ELDER ABUSE--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2009) - Why are as many as one in ten older adults in Ontario living with abuse? Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) asserts this troubling number is a consequence of age bias - a deplorable reality.

"The monumental social and emotional toll inflicted on older adults, their families and communities should not be tolerated", states Sandy Campbell, Chair of the OASW Committee on Issues of Aging. To counteract this unacceptable reality, the Committee is launching an updated, leading-edge handbook focusing on the physical, psychological and financial abuse and neglect of older persons. "Elder Abuse: A Practical Handbook for Service Providers, Second Edition", promises to be helpful to an extensive network of care providers such as the police, health care professionals, community workers and others across the province.

Rapidly changing resources as well as the growing aging demographic make this manual essential for anyone working with older people. It will help service providers to navigate and cut through complex systems to get answers. This convenient 180-page tool outlines, step-by-step, how to detect possible abuse and to decide whether and how to intervene. This publication contains a comprehensive, unparalleled section on reading and website resources that is strong in Canadian content and Francophone-friendly.

This one-of-a kind OASW handbook reflects the belief that health is much more than the absence of disease. It draws on the fundamental knowledge of the profound strengths held by an individual that come from a lifetime of experience.

For decades, social workers have been on the front-line dealing with the abuse of children, intimate partners and older adults. Sandy Campbell claims there is much we can do to raise awareness in communities, and effectively address elder abuse and ultimately eradicate it.
/For further information: For more information or to talk with Dr. Sandra Loucks Campbell who will be available at the OASW Office on October 7th, 9:30 a.m. –12:00 noon and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., contact Rita Mascherin, 416-923-4848 ex. 224./ IN: HEALTH, JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Rita Mascherin, Manager, Administration & Services, OASW
    Primary Phone: 416-923-4848 ext. 224
    E-mail: rita@oasw.org