Presented as part of the The 50+ Festival, June 1, 2013 at Ryerson University

Part 1 – Elder Abuse – Essential Background with Dr Sandra Campbell

Dr. Sandra Campbell defines Elder Abuse, explains how and where it happens, and the Provincial and Federal legislation protecting elders.

Part 2 – Planning for Life and Life’s Uncertainties: Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorneys with Elaine Blades

Elaine Blades explains the goal of wills. She reminds us that:

  • Proper planning provides protection and peace of mind and can help stop elder abuse
  • Make sure you choose the “right” executor & attorney
  • Don’t take dangerous shortcuts

Part 3 – Stop the Abuse Before It Happens: Tips & Strategies for Safeguarding Your Money & Assets with Linda Alderson

Linda Alderson explains the record keeping responsibilities when looking after someone’s money, and what someone should expect when they hand the day-to-day management of their money & property to someone else.

Part 4 – Elder Abuse 101 with D/Sgt Leslie Raymond

D/Sgt Leslie Raymond shares the legal definition of elder abuse and the role of the police in elder abuse cases.

Part 5 – Final Days, Finest Hours: What Lawyers and Doctors Can’t Do at Life’s End with Mark Handelman

Mark Handelman discusses the murky territory of capacity, the legal definition of death, and choosing the right power of attorney.

Part 6 – Families: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller discusses family dynamics and caregiving. It really can be good, bad, or ugly!

Part 7 – Elder Abuse – A True Solution with Dr Sandra Campbell

Dr. Sandra Campbell discusses strategies to address elder abuse and the effects of ageism. Her call to action: Seniors, capable adults, should have all the rights and privileges accorded other functioning adults.



Sandra Loucks Campbell MSW, PhD

Sandra’s abiding passion through her career has been her interest in improving the lives of older persons. She has worked in health, social services, employment policy, policy, program development, advocacy and professional association environments – all with a strong work focus on helping meet needs of older persons.

She has developed creative programming, elder abuse specialty programs, senior learning and teaching programs, specialized counselling services and many other programs at the front line, middle management and senior management levels.

She has responded to changes in government legislation as it has impacted the lives of elders, chaired community, professional and institutional committees and presented in high profile government and press environments on behalf of elders.

As she watched the profound impact of organizations on the lives of the persons served by the organizations through the first 20 years of her professional career, she returned to school to complete her PhD studying the relationship between organizations and the older people served.

Now, supported by her work as an instructor in social work and leadership programs in universities, she has founded and renewed her energy in her work with Commonpoint Service Inc. Here, she applies all she learned earlier to meet her dominant goal – improving the lives of older persons.

Linda Alderson, BA, CPA, CA

Linda is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Australia, England, Hong Kong and of course, Canada in a variety of accounting roles. The past few years have provided opportunities to become more involved with estate management, where the lack of proper record keeping has led to litigation as siblings take their siblings to court over the financial management of their parent’s affairs. Her response to this kind of work was to write a book providing information and tools to help people manage the task of looking after someone else’s money to help them stay out of litigation court. It also addresses the issues that we should all be aware of when choosing our attorney for property and estate executor. Most recently, Linda has been engaged by a number of organizations to provide information to their membership on how to best protect themselves from financial elder abuse.


Elaine Blades, LL.B, J.D, MTI, TEP

Elaine is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989. After a short time in private practice, Elaine moved to a role in trust industry. In her current role as Director, Fiduciary Services at Scotiatrust, Elaine is responsible for the positioning of all personal trust services. She is a former instructor at the Bar Admission Course and is on the curriculum committee at the Trust Institute. Elaine writes a bi-weekly column for Advisor’s Edge Report and is regular contributor to the All About Estates blog. Elaine is married with two teenage sons.

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Mark Handelman, B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics)

Mark Handelman was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. Until 2001, he practised law in London, Ontario, including civil litigation, criminal defence and prosecution. He was one of Ontario’s first members of the Official Guardian Child Representation Program. Mark was appointed to the Consent & Capacity Board in 1998 and became a Vice Chair and Senior Lawyer Member in 2000. He became Acting Toronto Regional Vice Chair and then Regional Vice Chair in 2001, for which he stopped practising law and moved to Toronto. He was the Board’s only Vice Chair for quality assurance and presided at over 2200 Board Hearings—including the majority of the Board’s “end of life” cases. Mark’s term on the Board expired in 2008 and he is now in the private practice of health care law, representing health practitioners, SDMs and patients and advising and teaching health care providers. He also prepares wills and Powers of Attorney, particularly for persons with limited capacity, and is frequently retained by other lawyers to assist their clients with these important documents. He is Counsel to the law firm Whaley Estate Litigation, advising on guardianship and estate litigation matters and is a Lawyer Member of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, where he mediates and adjudicates Human rights complaints.

Mark holds an MHSc in bioethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. He was a member of the corporate ethics committees of both William Osler and Humber River Hospitals and wrote the first versions of the information brochure, “A Guide to Substitute Decision-Making” for both hospitals. His articles on powers of attorney, mental health law and ethics, substitute decision-making and the end of life process have been published in various journals.

In London, Mark was twice a candidate for public office. He also wrote over 300 restaurant reviews and food articles for The London Free Press, as well as an internet wine review column. Mark still occasionally tastes wine, but now only for medicinal purposes.

Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller MSW, RSW, CCRC, CCLCP

Audry is the founder and Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. Ms. Miller a Registered Social Worker, a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Life Care Planner. She has published numerous articles and is a weekly blogger at Ms. Miller is frequently asked to speak on caregiving, health and aging issues at home and in the workplace. She has spent the last 25 years working with differently- abled individuals and their families, focusing on rehabilitation issues to improve function at home, and in the community.


Leslie Raymond, D/Sgt

D/Sgt. Leslie Raymond has been with the OPP for 15 years. In her role as the Abuse Issues Coordinator for Central Region OPP, Leslie deals with all abuse issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse and mental health. Prior to joining the OPP, Leslie was a Social Worker with the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society, where she spent 9 years as a caseworker. Leslie graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters in Social Work.

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