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Prof. Marie Beaulieu

Professor, School of Social Work

Marie Beulaieu is a professor at the department of social services of the faculty of letters and humanities of the Université de Sherbrooke.

Languages : English, Spanish, French


Marie Beaulieu Ph. D. (Applied Human Sciences), M.Sc and B.Sc. (Criminology) is full professor at the Department of Service Social at Université de Sherbrooke and researcher at the CSSS-IUGS Research Center on Aging. She holds, since November 2010, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults, funded by the Quebec government’s Department of the Family and Seniors. Social gerontologist, her main work representing 25 years of struggle in the field, addresses mistreatment, older adults’ security issues, ethics and aging as well as intervention in end of life situations. Marie Beaulieu is the North American representative at the INPEA (International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse) and she serves on the Board of the CNPEA (Canadian Network for Prevention of Elder Abuses). She teaches and supervises in the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Social Service as well as in the Ph.D. in Gerontology at Université de Sherbrooke, in addition to training practising practitioners and various groups of the public various audiences in Quebec, Canada and internationally.


George Brandis to speak about elder abuse

February 24, 2016

Other notable speakers include Australia's age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan, Professor Marie Beaulieu from Quebec, Canada, and Professor Mick Dodson, director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University...

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Developing a Research Agenda on Resident-to-Resident Aggression: Recommendations From a Consensus Conference
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

2015This article provides an overview of the development of a research agenda on resident-to-resident aggression (RRA) in long-term care facilities by an expert panel of researchers and practitioners. A one-day consensus building workshop using a modified Delphi approach was held to gain consensus on nomenclature and an operational definition for RRA, identify RRA research priorities, and to develop a roadmap for future research on these priorities. Among the six identified terms in the literature, RRA was selected. The top five priorities were: 1) developing/assessing RRA environmental interventions; 2) identification of the environmental factors triggering RRA; 3) incidence/prevalence of RRA; 4) developing/assessing staff RRA education interventions; and 5) identification of RRA perpetrator and victim characteristics. Given the significant harm RRA poses for long-term care residents, this meeting is an important milestone as it is the first organized effort to mobilize knowledge on this under-studied topic at the research, clinical and policy levels.

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Elder abuse: Practice issues for physicians
La Revue Médicale de Liège

2014Elder abuse is frequent (from 4 to 6% of adults aged 65 + according to WHO). It can take various forms: psychological, financial, violation of rights, neglect and physical. Due to demographic changes, it is expected that the number of cases will increase over coming years. Scientific data show the importance of a systemic analysis of elder abuse situations in order to avoid the simplistic thinking of the "horrible abuser" and the "poor victim". A multidisciplinary team, including a physician (a general practitioner, or a specialist), is necessary. Physicians can play a role in the prevention, detection and follow up of such cases. In order to detect elder abuse, active and attentive listening is mandatory. When a possibility exists that the older adult is abused, the suspicion should be documented (per example, by using the EASI tool), in order to implement an adequate follow-up. In the French part of Belgium, specialised services can be involved: Respect Seniors ( in Wallonia and the SEPAM d'Infor-Homes in Brussels.

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Meaning of Home in Later Life as a Concept to Understand Older Adults’ Housing Needs: Results from the 7 Age-Friendly Cities Pilot Project in Québec
Journal of Housing for the Elderly

2014To support older adults’ desire to age in place, their housing needs must be well understood. However, little research has explored housing needs from older adults’ point of view. This article, based on the results of 49 focus groups (n=392) and one case study from the Age-Friendly Cities Project in Qu ́ebec, Canada, uses the concept of meaning of home in later life to explore older adults’ housing needs. An overview presents how older adults express meaning of home and what are their needs regarding housing and relocation.Finally, the implications for decision makers and stakeholders are discussed.

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Collaborative Partnership in Age-Friendly Cities: Two Case Studies From Quebec, Canada
Journal of Aging & Social Policy

2013This article aims to explain the collaborative partnership conditions and factors that foster implementation effectiveness within the AFC (age-friendly cities) in Quebec (AFC-QC), Canada. Based on a community-building approach that emphasizes on collaborative partnership, the AFC-QC implementation process is divided into three steps: 1) social diagnostic of older adults' needs; 2) action plan based on a logic model; and 3) implementation through collaborations. The AFC-QC promotes direct involvement of older adults and seniors' associations at each of the three steps of the implementation process, as well as other stakeholders in the community. Based on two contrasting case studies, this paper illustrates the importance of collaborative partnership for the success of AFC implementation. Results show that stakeholders, agencies, and organizations are exposed to a new form of governance where coordination and collaborative partnership among members of the steering committee are essential. Furthermore, despite the importance of the senior associations' participation in the process, they encountered significant limits in the capacity of implementing age-friendly environments solely by themselves. In conclusion, we identify the main collaborative partnership conditions and factors in the AFC-QC.

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Critical concepts in elder abuse research
International Psychogeriatrics

2013This paper identifies core elements in principal definitions of elder abuse or mistreatment of older adults (EA/MOA) and discusses the relevance of four crucial concepts: age, vulnerability, trust, and power balance in relationships.

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Area of Expertise

Active Ageing

Elder Abuse


Human Rights

Public Policy





University of Montreal : Applied Human Sciences

University of Montreal : Criminology

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