16th John K. Friesen Conference

Aging, Ageism and Abuse: Moving from Awareness to Action

May 11-12, 2006

The first ever World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will take place June 15, 2006. Around the globe, activities are being organized leading up to the day. The first to take place in British Columbia will be on May 11-12, 2006 when Simon Fraser University's Gerontology Research Centre presents its 16th John K. Friesen Conference on the topic "AGING, AGEISM and ABUSE: MOVING FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION". The conference, will examine current policies, procedures and programs developed within health, social services and judicial systems in Canada and elsewhere, to combat abuse and neglect of older persons. Presenters from each of these domains will highlight intended and unintended consequences of protection and rights legislation. As well, they will examine how policy and practice around seniors, health, housing, and law can increase or decrease the risk of abuse and neglect occurring in Canadian society. They will also recommend actions that can move the abuse prevention and intervention agenda forward. Via breakout sessions and interactive discussion with the speakers, conference participants will work on applying these recommendations to local situations and settings. The take-away message will be "Freedom from Abuse in Later Life ... An Achievable Goal for BC."

conference program





Penny Bain, CEO, BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors (BC CEAS): presentation

Amanda Brown, Vancouver Coastal Health Adult Abuse and Neglect Response Resource (RE:ACT): speech; presentation

Patricia Brownell, School of Social Work, Fordham University, New York City: powerpoint presentation

Jay Chalke, Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia: presentation

Marcy Cohen, BC Hospital Employees' Union: presentation

Const. Patricia Fleischmann, Toronto Police Service: presentation

Gloria Gutman, SFU Gerontology Department & SFU Director, Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory: presentation

Jill Hightower, Former Director, BC Institute Against Family Violence: presentation

Jordan Kosberg, School of Social Work, University of Alabama: presentation

Chris Morrissey, LGBT Centre, Vancouver: presentation