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Abuse of Older Adults Webinar series

The Abuse of Older Adults webinar series was put together to complement the 6-hour course, Elder Abuse and Neglect for Dental Hygienists. These webinars were originally presented to our membership in early 2011.
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Webinar I: Facing Abuse of Older Adults: Responding to Mrs. B

Originally presented: Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 +applicable taxes


As primary oral health care providers, dental hygienists are in a unique and important position to take action on suspected abuse or neglect while providing care to older adults in a variety of settings. This webinar presents an overview of what you, as a dental hygienist, might encounter and what you can do when you suspect an older adult abuse situation. You will meet Mrs. B, who may be experiencing financial abuse, and be given background on the risk factors, types of abuse, causes, and possible respectful, safe and effective responses in this case, along with practical steps to support your client. This webinar is the first in a series of three webinars on Elder Abuse.

Webinar II: Communicating with Older Adult Clients About Abuse

Originally presented: Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 +applicable taxes


If you encounter an older adult client whom you suspect is being abused, you can offer support, gain further information, and decide with your client what the next steps should be. The issue of abuse is a sensitive one. There are safety needs and a need to maintain confidentiality and ethics; as well as to maintain dignity for your client and to become aware of their wishes. This webinar outlines approaches and communication tips to ensure your conversations are safe, respectful and effective. You will be led through a role play that demonstrates how to achieve these aspects of the encounter as you communicate with your older adult client. This webinar is the second in a series of three webinars on Elder Abuse.

Webinar III: Effective Referrals for Abused Older Adults

Originally presented: Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 +applicable taxes


Welcome to the third of three webinars associated with the Facing Abuse of Older Adults Online Course. After abuse of an older client has been revealed to a dental hygienist, what happens then? How do you continue to support your client and refer if need be? This webinar presents the role of dental hygienists in client advocacy by liaising with other professionals. Through a case study/role play and short video, followed by a panel discussion you'll learn to whom you may refer an older adult in a situation of abuse or neglect, when it is appropriate and what resources can be of assistance. A social worker, police officer and registrar from the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario discuss the roles, responsibilities and actions that can be taken.


Presenter: Alison Leaney

Alison Leaney, MSW, RSW

Alison Leaney is the National Project Coordinator for the Elder Abuse Theme Team's Knowledge to Action Project, of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). Her role is to put evidence based tools in the hands of senior abuse responders. As a social worker, Alison has more than 15 years experience in the senior abuse field.

She is a former Chair of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA) and is one of two finalists for the Premier's Innovation and Excellence Legacy Award for the collaborative provincial approach she led at the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC and the BC Association of Community Response Networks to address adult abuse/neglect.

Presenter: April Struthers

April Struthers, BA, MEd., RCC

April Struthers is an organizational consultant with clinical qualifications and a practice that ranges from BC to the UK. She works across sectors to develop anti-abusive workplaces and communities. April has an interest in prevention research generally and in developing approaches which are culturally safe for fist nations and aboriginal communities. She often works at the strategic level in the field of prevention of elder abuse has done national scans of activities in the field and authored a national strategy to combat abuse of older adults.


Moderator: Brenda Leggett

Brenda Leggett, RDH, Dip DH, BA

Brenda Leggett has over twenty years of experience as a dental hygiene educator at Georgian College and Algonquin College. She has practised in community health as a dental hygiene administrator, and remains active as a clinical dental hygienist in private practice. For ten years, she has participated as an item writer for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination, and presently represents the central region of Canada on the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board's Examination Committee.

In addition, Brenda is a College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) representative on the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada site-visit teams. Brenda is currently the Information Coordinator at CDHA. She is a dental hygiene graduate of John Abbott College, holds an interdisciplinary BA in labour studies from Carleton University, and a library and information technician diploma from Algonquin College.


Moderator: Ed Lum

Ed Lum

Ed Lum is currently a part-time Regional Consultant for the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA).

Prior to this position, Ed was with the Hamilton Police Service for 31 ½ years. Ed retired as a Detective in the Crimes Against Seniors Unit. During his tenure in the Crimes Against Seniors Unit, Ed had investigated, reviewed and/or consulted in excess of 1000 criminal, non-criminal or quality of life investigations pertaining to seniors in the City of Hamilton.

Moderator: Fran Richardson

Fran Richardson, RDH, BScD, Med, MTS

Fran joined the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario in January 1995 as Registrar/CAO. In addition, she also sits as Commissioner on the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada. She is a past president of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, and has been honoured with a Distinguished Service Award (1990) as well as a Life Membership (2000). Fran's work also won her honours from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry (2001), and from the ODHA (2005).

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