In the Fall 2012 Issue of Generations, Kathy Greenlee says: "Many of us work every day around older adults who are at risk of being, or who have been, victims of elder abuse." And last week we asked readers of ASA Update what strategies they and/or their organization have to prevent elder abuse. Here's some of the responses we received:
"We are an Area Agency on Aging and fund several county collaboratives that are working on elder abuse awareness and prevention. Currently they are working on a regional media campaign to get the message out about what elder abuse is and how to report it."
"We discuss the issue of elder abuse in all of our training with volunteers who are matched in one-on-one visits with isolated older adult. We review signs of abuse, what to do and to whom suspicions are to be reported."
"We have a provincial Elder Abuse line for professionals and for the public at large.We have also developed a decision tree as well as screening tools at the intake level for professionals and the general population. We have a consultation team where practitioners can present cases and receive consultation. We have also developed training modules. We are affiliated with three Universities in Montreal and we do ongoing research in Elder Abuse."
Have other ideas or thoughts about what professionals can do to help prevent elder abuse? Leave a comment and let us know!
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