Methods: This study evaluated the impact on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of having seniors deliver workshops on mistreatment to other seniors. A seniors advisory committee developed content for sixteen workshops. Senior facilitators delivered sixteen workshops about mistreatment across Ontario. Participants completed pre/post-surveys assessing changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours.
Results: Results indicate that workshops effectively increased awareness of mistreatment issues among participants, on average, by 37.32%. Participants experienced a 43.98% increase in their perceived preparation to provide information to an older adult asking about mistreatment. Barriers to help-seeking among seniors with knowledge of mistreatment include finding trustworthy sources and a lack of legal protection. Prior to the training, healthcare providers were the main sources of information for participants (57.75%); depending on the severity of the situation, 60.43% of participants indicated eventually reporting to police, who are not the preferred source of information.
Conclusions and Implications: Senior-led workshops about mistreatment appear to be effective for increasing knowledge and encouraging disclosure and help-seeking behaviours. Results support prevention models that empower seniors to educate other seniors on issues around mistreatment.