Elderly members of our community aged 65 and over represent 17% of the population in Ontario and are a demographic that is vulnerable to personal injury as a result of abuse and negligence.
Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, financial and emotional, which unfortunately often goes unnoticed and unreported. According to the WHO statistics, only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported, with the majority of cases taking place in elderly living communities.
Examples of abusive behavior include isolating the person, blaming them for the abuse, treating them like a child, taking ownership of their money and resources without consent, or neglecting their physiological and psychological needs.
Elder abuse is a public health issue that is treated seriously by courts in Ontario. In 2018, the Brampton Superior Court of Justice found a Mississauga seniors’ home negligent in death by strangulation of an elderly woman in their care, whose neck had become trapped between the mattress and a medical device improperly installed beside the woman’s bed. A jury awarded $640,000 to the woman’s family and $25,000 in punitive damages against the seniors’ home. 
Some forms of abuse can be prevented by taking notice of early warning signs, which include but are not limited to:
- Social withdrawal;
- Unexplained physical injuries;
- Lack of hygiene, food or clothing;
- Changes in mood, anxiety or detachment; and
- Unusual bank withdrawals or failure to meet financial obligations.
If you or your loved ones have been victims of elder abuse, call the team at Jasmine Daya & Co. at 416-967-9100 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
 Statistics Canada, Publication 91-215-X, Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories, Section 2: Population by age and sex.
 National Centre on Elder Abuse, “What We Do, Research, Statistics/Data” (2017) https://ncea.acl.gov/whatwedo/research/statistics.html.
 Pam Douglas, City of Mississauga News, “Mississauga nursing home found negligent in death of Brampton woman” (July 12, 2018).