Increasing awareness and reviewing the state of elder abuse and neglect.

Elder abuse and neglect is a major emerging problem in modern society. The population is aging and risk factors such as poverty, poor access to housing and social supports, ‎barriers to access to health care, and cognitive impairment are all co-factors the contribute to this problem. Elder abuse can take many forms from chronic assault, financial abuse, sexual assault, and emotional maltreatment. The neglect of the elderly is also a sad reality in urban centres, with malnutrition and chronic disease playing a major role in causation. This conference is aimed at healthcare workers, social service providers, and related interested parties. The goal is to increase awareness and review the state of elder abuse and neglect. The perspective of the conference will be mostly medical, and is greatly informed by the investigation of elder death using the medicolegal autopsy as a primary tool.

Target Audience

  • Pathologist
  • Pathology Resident
  • Coroner
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Radiologist
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Law Enforcement


Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows CPD to review and assess educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The American Medical Association, and The European Union for Medical Specialties (EUMS), CPD is permitted to assign respective credits.

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually accredited or jointly accredited educational programs. Speakers and/or planning committee members, participating in University of Toronto accredited programs, are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program. This pertains to relationships within the last FIVE (5) years with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic. The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation. It is merely intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the listeners may form their own judgments about the presentation with the full disclosure of facts. It remains for the audience to determine whether the speaker's outside interests may reflect a possible bias in either the exposition or the conclusions presented.