Archives: Glossary terms

older adult

The term “older adult” is usually used to describe someone who’s over the age of 65. But there’s no set age for when someone is considered an older adult. Some people prefer to use the term “senior”.
We use older adult to refer to someone who may be affected by elder abuse,

mentally capable

Being mentally capable to make decisions depends on whether the decision is about:

personal care, such as bathing and getting dressed
health care and medical treatment
property and finances

Mental capacity also depends on the type of document you want to prepare, for example:

a Power of Attorney for Property
a Power of Attorney for Personal Care
a will

mentally incapable

Being mentally capable to make decisions depends on whether the decision is about:

personal care, such as bathing and getting dressed
health care and medical treatment
property and finances

Mental capacity also depends on the type of document you want to prepare, for example:

a Power of Attorney for Property
a Power of Attorney for Personal Care
a will

fraud

Frauds and scams are crimes where people lie, cheat, use someone else’s personal information, or break the law to get money or something for themselves.
Common examples are identity theft, credit card fraud, email and online fraud, and phone and door-to-door sales scams.

elder abuse

Elder abuse happens when someone limits or controls an older person’s rights and freedoms. The person often becomes afraid and thinks that they can no longer make their own choices.
Abusers are often people who the person trusts. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. It can also be abuse if a person is neglected.

caregiver

A caregiver is someone who looks after people who need care, for example, an older adult, a child, or a person with a disability.
Caregivers can be family members, health-care practitioners, friends, paid helpers, or social workers. They work with people in their own homes, retirement homes, long-term care homes, and other health-care settings.

ageism

Ageism refers to negative attitudes and stereotypes of people who are older, and discrimination against people because of their age.
For example, it’s ageism if:

an employer does not hire someone because the person is older and the employer thinks the person has less value than a younger worker
a health-care practitioner talks to an older adult’s family member or caregiver when the person is mentally capable of deciding about their own treatment

grievance

A grievance is an official complaint by a union against an employer. Grievances are decided by arbitrators, who are private judges hired by the union and the employer. Arbitrators hear your complaint and decide whether it happened. If you win, the arbitrator can order your employer to pay you money, change workplace rules,

contact order

A contact order is a court order that allows a child to have contact with a person who isn’t a parent and who doesn’t stand in the place of a parent, such as a step-parent. For example, contact can include visits or telephone or webcam calls with a grandparent or an aunt or uncle.

parenting order

A parenting order is a type of court order that deals with:

Decision-making responsibility or who has the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. This used to be called custody.
Parenting time or who has the right to spend time with a child.

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