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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
(867) 456-3946
Toll-free 1-800-661-0408 (ext. 3946)

Victim Services/Family Violence Prevention Unit
(867) 667-8500
Toll-free 1-800-661-0408 (ext. 8500)

Victim Link (24-hour crisis line)


Information Sheets

OverviewAbuse, neglect and self neglect of older adults. 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.

1Yukon tools and resources for older adults, 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.

2 Responding to abuse neglect and self-neglect of older adults - All community members play an important role in ensuring that older adults are valued, supported and safe. Abuse is a difficult issue to address. As every older adult’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.

3 Safety planning and the older adult - Older adults 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.

4 Self-neglect of older adults - Self-neglect is a term used to describe an older adult living in a way that puts their health and safety at risk.

5 Financial abuse of older adults - Financial or property abuse involves the misuse of an older person’s money, property or assets without his or her full knowledge or consent.

6 Emotional abuse of older adults - Emotional abuse includes any verbal or non-verbal acts that diminish the identity, dignity or self-worth of another person.

7 Neglect of older adults - Neglect can be intentional (active) or unintentional (passive)

8Physical abuse of older adults – 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.

9 Domestic violence between older adults - Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship attempts to dominate and control the other person.

10 Dementia, delirium and depression in older adults - Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that have in common a progressive loss of brain function (memory, communication and learning).

11 FAQs and myths in abuse of older adults - The World Health Organization (2002) defines abuse of older adults 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.”

12 Abuse of older adults later in life - Abuse of older adults is a complex problem with no simple explanation. Every situation is different.

13 Abuse of older adults: profile of an abuser –Abusers of older adults can be family members, neighbours, and friends.

14 Abuse or neglect of older adults in care or supported living 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 adult.

15 Scenarios: abuse and self-neglect of older adults -  such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and violation of human rights.

16 Current trends: abuse neglect, and self-neglect of older adults - topics of aging in place, healthier lifestyle choices, technology, caregivers, and immigration.

17 Human rights – protecting the older adult - Human rights abuse refers to the unreasonable denial of fundamental rights and freedoms normally enjoyed by adults.


Contact info

Abuse of Older Adults

Phone: 867-456-3946

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3946

Fax: 867-393-6926

Mailing Address:

Abuse of Older Adults (H-3)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: 100 - 204 Black Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]


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