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People of all ages can be bullied. The Centre for Elder Research worked with Sheridan faculty member Dr. Kirsten Madsen and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario to better understand bullying between older adults age 55+ in Ontario. This three (3) year project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and aimed to support the development of best practices and strategies for this diverse population.
Our project aims were to collect data on the prevalence and nature of Senior to Senior bullying in Ontario, and to use this data to create this toolkit outlining best practices and strategies for older adults and those working with older adults to stop bullying. The Senior Bullying Project created a survey and asked older adults across Ontario about their experiences with peer to peer bullying. The survey garnered 683 respondents across the province with invaluable insights into the prevalence of bullying in the older adult population. Once the survey results were analyzed and themes were identified, the team held 4 ThinkTanks in the following four (4) cities across Ontario: Oakville, Ottawa, London, & Peterborough. The ThinkTanks goals were to engage with stakeholders and older adults who were vested in the issue of older adult bullying. The stakeholders were able to see the survey results and to generate ideas that could be used in the prevention and intervention of older adult bullying incidents through various activities and exercises throughout the day. This feedback helped develop a resource package, Solutions: Everybody’s Business Senior to Senior Anti-Bullying Toolkit, that contains best practices for older adults, front-line staff, and agencies to use in order to prevent and respond to bullying behaviours between older adults.
Definition of bullying for this project:
“Bullying is sometimes called harassment and happens when someone hurts, intimidates
or scares a peer consciously or unconsciously. When someone is being bullied they
often have a hard time defending themselves. Bullying is usually not a one-time event.
It can happen over and over again.”
Throughout this project, two (3) webinars were held as well as the development of the NEW resource, ‘Solutions: Everybody’s Business Senior to Senior Anti-Bullying Toolkit’.
Feel free to view and download the Toolkit and the transcribed notes from the Senior to Senior Bullying Project: Toolkit Webinar Launch.
March 13, 2020
Presenters: Kirsten Madsen, PhD, Sheridan College
Liza Franses, BA (Hons.), Dip., Sheridan College
Facilitated by: Rochella Vassell, Central West Regional Consultant, Elder Abuse Ontario
June 4, 2018
Presenters: Kirsten Madsen, PhD, The Centre for Elder Research at Sheridan College
Patricia Spadafora, MSW, Kaleidoscope Consulting