People of all ages can be bullied. The Centre for Elder Research is working with Sheridan faculty member Dr. Kirsten Madsen and Elder Abuse Prevention (ON) to better understand bullying between older adults age 55+ in Ontario. This work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and aims to support the development of best practices and strategies for this diverse population.

What is bullying? Bullying is sometimes called harassment and happens when someone hurts, intimidates or scares a peer consciously or unconsciously. When someone is being bullied they often have a hard time defending themselves. Bullying is usually not a one-time event. It can happen over and over again.

For Further Information Contact: Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Principal Investigator at (905) 845-9430 ext. 2795 or

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Books from 2020

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Senior to Senior Anti-Bullying Toolkit, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Emily Ayenew, and Parker Behnke (they/them)

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Senior to Senior Bullying Project: Toolkit Launch, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Katrina Behnke, and Emily Ayenew

Submissions from 2019

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Overall Summary of Ontario-wide ThinkTanks, Seniors Bullying Project

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Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Poster, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Rebecca Rodrigues, and Jordyn Sousa

Submissions from 2018

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Seniors Bullying in Ontario, The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research Preliminary Research Data, Liza Franses and Kirsten Madsen

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Senior Bullying: What is Happening in Ontario, Kirsten Madsen and Patricia Spadafora