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).  The committee recognizes that older adult abuse is very broad and complex, and that any remedial initiatives will require raising levels of awareness in the public, and/or a considerable degree of public education. 

Forms of elder abuse

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Sexual
  • Neglect
  • Violation of rights and freedomes
  • 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

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