Keep victims of elder abuse safe

by Cedar Village
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Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone, and that trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Demographics are shifting, and soon there will be more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, a startling number of elders face abusive conditions; most people aren't aware that an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation - that's 1 in 10, and that's only a part of the picture. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported.

In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15, 2015, staff and residents of Cedar Village Retirement Community sported the color purple - whether in their clothes or with special purple awareness bracelets. Volunteers passed out bookmarks, bracelets and other elder abuse literature as well as some special purple treats.

Gail Davis, Director, External Sales and Admissions and Shalom Center Coordinator at Cedar Village, says "Elder abuse is an under-recognized problem with devastating and even life-threatening consequences.  At Cedar Village, we are proud of our Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the only elder abuse shelter in Ohio and the sixth shelter created in the country.  Since the Shalom Center opened in January 2012, our mission has been to be available to help those victims who choose to seek shelter here as well as to continue to educate others".

Your donation will help provide needed items for victims of elder abuse who come to Cedar Village.

Cedar Village is proud to be the home of the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention.   The Shalom Center provides a safe haven for individuals over the age of 65 who are victims of abuse, including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of care.

While victims are living at Cedar Village in a safe environment, they enjoy the many programs and activities that enrich the lives of all of the residents. They participate in art, music, and exercise classes. They enjoy having lunch in the deli with their new friends, and they especially like attending stimulating educational programs.

“I can’t thank you enough for providing my mom a place to stay while she figured out what to do next. My mom was embarrassed by what happened to her and she didn’t know where to go. You provided her that place. Thank you,” said daughter of a victim of elder abuse.

The Shalom Center provides a safe haven for individuals over the age of 65 who are victims of abuse, including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of care. 

Many individuals do not realize that they are being abused by a love one until it is too late.  Financial account information may be compromised and the victim no longer has access to his or her money and this makes it harder to leave an abusive situation.  

Funds raised for the Shalom Center are used to offset costs incurred for medical care, social services, nursing care, therapy, and other necessary items.  Often, elder abuse victims arrive at Cedar Village with only the clothes they are wearing.  Your donation will help provide those in need with items they need to begin their life again.

Cedar Village is the home of the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention.   The Shalom Center provides a safe haven for individuals over the age of 65 who are victims of abuse, including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of care.

While victims are living at Cedar Village in a safe environment, they enjoy the many programs and activities that enrich the lives of all of the residents.  They participate in art, music, and exercise classes.  They enjoy having lunch in the deli with their new friends, and they especially like attending stimulating educational programs. 

And each victim receives a holiday gift that he or she has requested from the Resident Life staff. Please consider making a donation to the Shalom Center to provide a holiday gift for a Shalom Center resident.

               Cedar Village Retirement Community hosted a national symposium on June 10 and 11 for elder abuse prevention and elder abuse shelters. There are now eleven shelters nationally, some fully operational and some still in developmental stages.   But this is not close to the number of shelters that are needed nationally.

               The Shalom Center for Elder Abuse at Cedar Village helps individuals by giving them a place to stay while they begin the work to get their lives back. When victims of abuse arrive at Cedar Village, they arrive with only the clothes on his back. Staff members will assess their needs and shop for clothing and personal items for them so that they can be integrated into the Cedar Village family with dignity and respect.

               Your donation will help buy clothing and toiletries for those who are in need of help at a critical time in their lives.

 

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Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cedarvillage.org
Project Leader:
Stew Bromberg
Mason, OH United States

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