Abuse of Older Adults

What is elder abuse?

According to the World Health Organization, abuse is defined as “single or repeated acts or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person” (WHO, 2002). 

Forms of elder abuse

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
  • Violation of rights and freedoms
  • Systemic abuse

Forms of Abuse: Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse: Warning Signs

  • Fear, anxiety, depression or passivity around a family member, friend or care provider
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Poor hygiene, nutrition or dehydration
  • Improper use of medication
  • Confusion about legal documents such as a new will or mortgage
  • Sudden drop in cash flow or financial holdings
  • Reluctance to speak about the situation

What are the indicators of elder abuse and neglect? Government of Canada

How to Report Elder Abuse

  • Emergency 9-1-1
  • Saskatoon Police Service – non emergency situations 306-975-8300
  • Saskatoon Crisis Centre (306) 933-6200 – Saskatoon and area
  • Saskatchewan Healthline 8-1-1
  • Public Guardian and Trustee – financial abuse concerns Phone: 306-787-5424  Toll Free: 1-877-787-5424 
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority 306-655-0080 | 1-833-445-0080 (toll free)​

What to do if you are being abused

How Can You Be Safer Now? Tips on how to stay safe from Age-Friendly Saskatchewan

Resources: Elder Abuse

Tips Sheets: Abuse Against Older Adults from research by Support Services for Older Adults, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, Prairie Action Foundation

Dealing with Abuse of Older Adults: PLEA

Department of Justice Canada: Crime and Abuse Against Seniors:

Investigating Financial Abuse: Government of Saskatchewan

It’s Not Right: A Pan Canadian approach to address abuse and neglect of older adults

How you can identify abuse and help older adults at risk: Government of Canada

Mobile Crisis Services Saskatchewan: Seniors in Crisis

Senior Neglect and Abuse Brochure