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August 25, 2009

Abuse and Neglect of Seniors

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) has received funding from Justice Canada to undertake a project to create and revise bilingual materials for seniors dealing with elder abuse issues and to work with our partners to pro-actively disseminate the materials with seniors across the province, including those who are isolated or living in rural areas. 

This project represents a partnership between Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick Inc., a non-profit organization with a proven track record of educating the public about sensitive legal topics such as abuse prevention, and the dynamic and active seniors’ group called Aînés en Marche/Go Ahead Seniors Inc., along with the New Brunswick Department of Social Development and the New Brunswick Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat.

The project includes the following components:

  1. Establishment of a working group to review existing materials, identify gaps and needs, field-test drafts and assist with the creation of two new plain language, visually appealing publications.
     
  2. Revisions and enhancement of an existing popular PLEIS-NB publication called Abuse and Neglect of Adults with Disabilities and Seniors.  This includes adding sections on safety planning and a personal abuse prevention strategy.
     
  3. Creation of a new publication for older adults on dating violence.
     
  4. Creation of alternate formats of the publications – audio tapes and large print versions to increase access for all seniors.
     
  5. Production of promotional products to use at senior events as handouts.
     
  6. Two training sessions, one in English and one in French, for Aînés en Marche/Go Ahead Seniors Inc., to help them in their efforts to share critical legal information about the rights of seniors who are experiencing abuse.
     
  7. Creation and implementation of a comprehensive dissemination plan, to ensure that the new resources are widely distributed across the province.

The two new publications created as a result of this project are entitled Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Seniors and Are You Dating? Older Adults and Healthy Relationships.  These new publications are being distributed to the public this summer (2009).

For further information, please contact:

Deborah Doherty, Executive Director – deborah.doherty@gnb.ca

Emily Bell, Legal Research Coordinator – emily.bell@gnb.ca