Elder Abuse Awareness: Resources

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Bulletin Insert/Flyer

Order our flyer/bulletin insert for elder abuse awareness here from Faith Alive. You can also download a pdf copy here.

This bulletin insert for Safe Church Ministry includes a description of elder abuse, the consequences to the elderly, and Internet addresses for more information.

Helpful Websites

National Council for Aging: Guide on Recognizing Elder Abuse - This guide provides a wealth of information on aging as well as recognizing and preventing abuse.

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (Phone: 608-255-0539)
Through advocacy and education, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) works every day to improve victim safety, increase abuser accountability, expand coordinated community response, and ultimately, put an end to abuse in later life.

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens, specifically elderly persons and adults with disabilities.

Public Health Agency of Canada The Public Health Agency of Canada says “it’s time to face the reality” of elder abuse. One in five Canadians believes they know of a senior who might be experiencing some form of abuse. Seniors from all walks of life are vulnerable to elder abuse and it is happening in communities across Canada. These pages outline basic information on how we can spot elder abuse as well as information on how to help stop it.

Safe Havens Safe Havens is an interfaith organization that promotes hope and justice for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.

10 Elder Justice Blogs to Inform and Inspire The NYC Elder Abuse Center highlights 10 informative blog sites dealing with a variety of elder abuse issues.

Books

Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention: A Guide to Dealing With Nursing Home Abuse and Other Elderly Abuse Issues The abuse of elderly persons is fast becoming one of the major problems in the care of this vulnerable age group. This book by Carrie Shenoy will help you learn how to recognize and deal with abuse in nursing homes and at home by discussing both prevention and intervention in detail.

Articles

Elder Abuse: A Faith Based Response This article written by Andrew J. Weaver Ph.D. and Harold G. Koenig, M.D. in Ministry International Journal for Pastors, gives some typical examples of the largely hidden problem of elder abuse and what faith communities can do to respond appropriately.

Episcopal Church Elder Abuse information This document compiled by the Episcopal Church was designed to increase awareness of the issue of elder abuse and to provide guidance as to what constitutes it, why it is a problem, and if you think that elder abuse may be happening to a member of your parish, how to address your concerns.

Restoring Faith in How Clergy Respond to Elder Abuse This piece gives the example of an elderly woman named Helen, who had suffered many years of abuse, and how her pastor responded upon hearing of her abuse.

Staying Connected: The Power of Relationships Many older adults have fewer social interactions and fewer supportive relationships than in their younger years. Experiencing social or emotional isolation can have serious health consequences and/or can lead to an overall lack of well-being. This article emphasizes the importance of human relationships, how elderly persons can stay connected, and how this helps prevent abuse.

Documents

Brochure This colorful brochure provides information on elder abuse and the red flags to watch for, as well as hotlines, referrals, and other resources for the faith community.

Elder Abuse Fact Sheet The World Health Organization offers this fact sheet, giving many facts about elder abuse, the risk factors, the consequences, and what can be done about it.

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