Social worker, Sarita Israel is part of a specialized team in the fight against mistreatment of older adults since 1991. She holds a key role in the development of research, training and leading practices to counter mistreatment of older adults. Sarita Israel is also involved in many partnership projects for the development and enhancement of the practice in terns of prevention, screening and intervention in mistreatment. Pioneer and and coordonnator of the multisectoral consultation team to of the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, she supports services to professionals and the ongoing development of the training program of the Elder Abuse Help Line, the hotline and referral line specialized in elder abuse. With her expertise, Ms. Israel acts as a consultant on several mandates and ministerial committees for the development of knowledge, policies, implementation guides and national training.
Sandra Smele’s work focuses on research and the development of leading practices that promote the inclusion, health and wellness of older adults by attending to intersectional differences. She has contributed to a number of interdisciplinary projects on long-term care, mistreatment, informal caregiving and health and social services. Her current collaborations focus on supporting social participation and enhancing the quality of life of older adults through building creative community relationships, and on identifying and promoting practices that support wellness in residential homes. Sandra’s publications can be found in the books Creative Teamwork and Troubling Care, and in the academic journals Violence and Victims, Critical Social Policy and Nursing Inquiry. Sandra is also a Research Associate of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.