Abuse of Older Adults
Help and Support is Available, call Seniors' Services/Adult Protection Unit (867) 456-3946 Toll-free 1-800-661-0408 (ext. 3946)
Help is Available for Seniors/Elders
If you are experiencing abuse or neglect, or if you suspect that an older adult is being harmed or mistreated, there is help available.
Here is a list of phone numbers to help you get in touch with resources in Yukon.
In the event of an emergency call 911 (where available) or contact your local RCMP.
Seniors' Services/Adult Protection Unit
Toll-free 1-800-661-0408 (ext. 3946)
Victim Services/Family Violence Prevention Unit
Toll-free 1-800-661-0408 (ext. 8500)
Victim Link (24-hour crisis line)
- The abuse of older persons is often a very difficult topic to discuss. This package of information sheets was developed to address the issues that are most often raised in workshops. These information sheets can be used individually or as a package by community members and by professionals in a variety of fields.
Yukon tools and resources for older persons, such as wills, bank power of attorney, enduring power of attorney, advance directive, supported decision-making agreement, representative agreement, adult protection order, access order, and adult guardianship.
Scenarios: abuse and neglect of older persons such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and violation of human rights.
Emotional abuse of older persons - Emotional abuse includes any verbal or non-verbal acts that diminish the identity, dignity or self-worth of another person.
Financial abuse of older persons - Financial or property abuse involves the misuse of an older person’s money, property or assets without his or her full knowledge or consent.
Neglect and self-neglect of older persons - Neglect can be intentional (active) or unintentional (passive).
Physical abuse of older persons - Physical abuse is the deliberate use of physical force or rough-handling intended to intimidate, or cause injury or discomfort. A person does not have to be injured to have experienced physical abuse.
Abuse of older persons in later life - Abuse of older persons is a complex problem with no simple explanation. Every situation is different.
Abuse of older persons: profile of an abuser – Abusers of older persons can be family members, neighbours, and friends.
Domestic violence between older persons - Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship attempts to dominate and control the other person.
FAQs and myths: abuse and neglect - The World Health Organization (2002) defines abuse of older persons 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.”
Abuse and neglect of older persons in care facilities - Abuse and neglect involves any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm, risk of harm, or jeopardizes the well-being or safety of an older person.
Dementia, abuse and neglect - Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that have in common a progressive loss of brain function (memory, communication and learning).
Current trends: abuse and neglect of older persons –topics of aging in place, healthier lifestyle choices, technology, caregivers, and immigration.
Human rights abuse of older persons - Human rights abuse refers to the unreasonable denial of fundamental rights and freedoms normally enjoyed by adults.
Responding to abuse of older persons - All community members play an important role in ensuring that older persons are valued, supported and safe. Abuse is a difficult issue to address. As every older person’s life history is unique, so too is each response. You can have a positive impact by being honest and sincere and taking time to hear his or her story.
Safety planning to assist abused older persons - Older persons have the right to live safely, to be treated with dignity and respect and to make their own decisions. Safety planning does not guarantee safety, but it will help the older person feel more in control of the situation and will alleviate stress.
Abuse of Older Adults
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3946
Abuse of Older Adults (H-3)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: 100 - 204 Black Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]