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Experts on seniors and elder abuse: Ontario's long-term care report

May 26, 2020

Melissa Shaw; University Communications and Marketing, 236.880.3297,

In Canada, care homes have been central points of focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The province of Ontario, one of the hardest hit provinces, has now launched an investigation after a Canadian military report released today shed light on numerous concerning conditions in multiple care homes in that province. The following experts are available to comment on seniors and long-term care:

Gloria Gutman, professor emerita, SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre (also president of the North American chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology),

  • Professor Gutman recently led a webinar with the BC Community Response Network and will be doing another in June on the issue of elder abuse and neglect during, and in the aftermath of, COVID-19. She says the pandemic has put frail seniors, long-term care and institutional neglect “back on the radar.”

Habib Chaudhury, professor and chair, gerontology department,

  • Built environment and ageing, seniors housing
  • Long-term care, age-friendly communities, dementia friendly communities

 Dan Levitt, adjunct professor of gerontology,

  • Seniors care, assisted living, and long-term care
  • Leadership and ageism

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