You don’t really have to know a lot about elder abuse to understand that it’s wrong and want to do something about it. Together, we can break the silence about this growing problem.
What is the Elder Justice Network?
Our multidisciplinary coalition, sponsored by Greater Lynn Senior Services, is made up of people from a variety of back-grounds, age groups, and professions, all with a common interest: ensuring that seniors in our communities are living in safety and being treated with dignity and respect.
Elder abuse is a complex problem, but our mission is simple.
We want to raise awareness about this growing, highly under-reported problem by speaking to as many people and groups as possible—from local senior centers and libraries to faith communities and garden clubs—to name just a few. Elder abuse is a complex problem, but breaking the silence about it is probably the best way to make a difference and help prevent it.
How can I help?
Lend your voice to our growing community of concerned citizens by joining us. Or invite us to make a presentation to a group you belong to.
But probably the most important thing you can do is—if you suspect abuse or neglect—don’t be afraid to report it! All reports are confidential, and the name of the reporter is protected. Remember, the elder’s rights—including the right to refuse help—and wishes will always be respected.
What happens when a report is made?
Elder Protective Services investigates all reports and, when needed, works with sen-iors, their families and caregivers, and service providers to resolve problems and improve quality of life, with the ultimate goal—always—of maintaining the elder’s dignity. Simple things—services like Meals on Wheels, homemakers, caregiver support, or referrals to adult day programs—can often make a real difference.
Where can I get more information about the Elder Justice Network?
To join the Network or to schedule a time for one of our members to make a presentation to your community group, contact the Chairperson Katie Galenius at 781-586-8668 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT ABUSE?
Call Elder Protective Services at the Aging Services Access Point or Area Agency on Aging that assists seniors in your community:
Greater Lynn Senior Services – 781-599-0110
North Shore Elder Services – 978-750-4540
Senior Care – 978-281-1750
Or call the Executive Office of Elder
Affairs’ 24-hour hotline: 1-800-922-2275.
Call 911, if you need immediate help.
All calls are confidential and the name of the reporter is protected. Remember, the elder’s rights—including the right to refuse help— and wishes will always be respected.
Download a Elder Justice Network of the Greater North Shore brochure by clicking here!