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Human Rights Don’t Get Old

The basic human rights of older Canadians are challenged and undercut every day, and tragically, this has never been more true than over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s estimated that 1 in 6 seniors globally are victims of elder abuse.

We, as a country, cannot allow this to continue.

This WEAAD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day), CanAge, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse teamed up to create a national conversation around elder abuse prevention and what you can do to uphold and protect the rights of seniors in your community.

Our national online event brought together a panel of experts, political figures, advocates and 100’s of concerned people like you to engage in an inspiring discussion about how we, as a country, can end elder abuse and protect the rights of older people.

Watch the recording

Get the Facts

1 senior abused is 1 too many. Unfortunately, when it comes to showing just how urgent a problem elder abuse is, the numbers don’t lie.

  • 1 in 2 people are prejudiced against older people (Global Report on Ageism, World Health Organization)
  • 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 are victims of elder abuse (World Health Organization)
  • 1 in 5 Canadians say older people are a burden on society (Report on Ageism, Revera, 2012)
  • In Canada, a 2015 study estimated that 7.5% of Canadians 55 and older experienced abuse (Into the Light National Survey on the Mistreatment of Older Canadians, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly, 2015)
  • Women aged 55-64 years comprised the largest proportion of victims of femicide (19%) (Call it Femicide Report, Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, 2020)
  • Nearly 8 in 10 seniors report age discrimination in healthcare (Report on Ageism, Revera, 2012)
  • In Ontario, there was a 250% increase in calls to the Seniors Safety Line in 2020 (Assaulted Women’s Help Line, 2021)

Shocked by these statistics? Change starts with awareness.

Spread the word.

Preventing the abuse and neglect of older adults is a shared responsibility. Everyone can learn about the warning signs of abuse and neglect and what to do when you see things that just aren’t right. Everyone has a role to play. Learn more about elder abuse and how you can support an older adult by visiting and

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Speak up for Seniors

We’ve created a set of statements proclaiming the rights of older people. These statements are calls to action for change. 

Let’s make sure as many people hear them as possible. 

Click each statement below to reveal the social sharing options located on the top left-hand side. Hashtags will already be included in your post to get you started!

Agree with them all? Share them all! Show your support and send a strong message that “rights don’t get old.” 

Every time a statement is shared on social media it sends a stronger message that we refuse to allow elder abuse to continue to occur unchallenged.

Seniors have the right to access justice
Seniors have the right to quality healthcare
Seniors have the right to safe housing
Seniors have the right to financial security
Seniors have the right to live free from abuse #WEAAD2021 ##RightsDoNoGetOld

Prefer Paper?

The statements above are also available to download as posters.

Using them is easy:

  1. Download the pdf (you’ll need Adobe Reader, available for free here)
  2. Print out the pages you want
  3. Take a selfie with your poster of choice, or with an older person you know holding up your poster
  4. Share the photo with #WEAAD2021 on social media

Want to say it your way?

There’s also a blank poster included in the pdf. Just print it out, write in your own “rights statement” and make your voice heard in your own words!

Join the Movement

Add your name to the growing list of people who are taking a stand against elder abuse in Canada.

You’ll receive updates and important news on WEAAD and topics related to elder abuse.

You’ll also be joining a national network of engaged and concerned citizens who stand in solidarity with older people.
This powerful action is free, easy and will create long-lasting change for the rights and well-being of aging Canadians.

Spread the word and share this!

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