The RCMP is committed to the well-being and safety of seniors across Canada. The RCMP works with partner organizations and local communities to develop tools to help the public and police better recognize, prevent and respond to elder abuse.
Elder abuse is violence, mistreatment or neglect towards older adults. The abuse often comes from individuals in situations of power or trust (spouse, children, other family members, caregivers, service providers). It can also come from other individuals. The abuse can occur in either private residences or outside the home.
Elder abuse is never acceptable. If you or someone you know are being abused, report it to the police.
- In Canada, certain forms of abuse are crimes under the Criminal Code. Some types of abuse are also offences under provincial and territorial legislation.
- Elder abuse can take many forms, including neglect, physical, psychological or financial abuse, violation of rights, and abandonment.
- Factors that play a role in elder abuse include gender, race, level of stress, living arrangements, level of dependence on others, and various psychological factors.
- Elder abuse can lead to long-term physical and psychological problems, including heart attack, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and isolation.
- Signs of elder abuse can include a sudden change in behavior or appearance, physical injuries or changes in financial resources.
Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security
Have the discussion with your loved ones. To learn more about safety issues for seniors and prevention tips, read the RCMP's Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security.
Tools and resources
- Aging & Seniors (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
- Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Elder abuse (World Health Organization)
- Elder abuse awareness (Employment and Social Development Canada)
- Family violence against seniors (Statistics Canada)
- National Seniors Council
- New Horizons for Seniors Program (Employment and Social Development Canada)
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