Preventing Elder Abuse

 

Elder and dependent adult abuse is a serious problem in our community. In 2017, Shasta County Adult Protective Services received 2,764 allegations of abuse including 310 allegations for psychological/mental abuse and 251 for neglect.

June is Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Month. To raise awareness of the signs of abuse, ShiningCare, Shasta County HHSA, Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, Redding Police Department and PSA2: Area Agency on Aging have come together to form Shasta County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The SCEAPC ha collaborated to produce a week of events that will be both fun and informative for everyone.

Event Listing for June 2018

Flag displays June 4-16th: The following locations will  bloom with over 2700 tiny purple flags, symbolizing the number of reported cases of elder abuse in Shasta County last year. The flag planting is part of the  Elder Abuse Prevention Month for June.

Purple flags will be displayed in Anderson River Park from June 4-9, on the Shasta Lake- Pizza Factory from June 8-13 and on the Redding City Hall Rotunda from June 11-16. Sundial Bridge June 16th 6-9 pm.

 

June 4th-13th -Food driveCollection barrels for non-perishable foods will be distributed throughout the county and will be available from June 4-15. Locations include:

  • Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave, Redding
  • Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, 2640 Breslauer Way, Redding
  • Redding Police Department, 777 W. Cypress Ave, Redding
  • Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, 1355 West St, Redding
  • Shasta Lake City Hall, 1650 Stanton Ave, Shasta Lake
  • Anderson Teen Center, 2889 E. Center St, Anderson
  • Cornerstone Bank, 150 E. Cypress and 1845 California St, Redding
  • Everything Medical, 2376 Athens Ave, Redding

   All donations will go to Shasta Senior Nutrition Program.

 

June 5th-Proclamations: On June 5, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, the Anderson City Council, the Redding City Council and the Shasta Lake City Council will declare June 15 Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Day. The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. and all city council meetings meet at 7 p.m.

 

June 12th Blood drive: BloodSource will host a blood drive in the parking lot of the District Attorney’s Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 12. The public is welcome. Roadrunner Grill will be there so you can purchase lunch and 20% of the proceeds will go to ShiningCare’s Older Adult Gatekeeper Program and prizes and t-shirts will be handed out to those donating.  Treasure Hunt tickets for June 16th at 6 pm can be purchased at the blood drive. For more information click here

 

 

 June 14th POST training:A training for law enforcement that will occur at Redding City Hall from 8-5 on June 14. Registration can be completed in advance here.

 

 

June 13th -Lunch and Learn training -11 am – 2 pm- Redding City Hall-Learn from experts from ShiningCare, Adult Protective Services, District Attorney’s Office, Redding Police, Elder Law Attorney and more while you enjoy lunch! Suggested donation of $10.00 includes lunch. There will be a one hour presentation from noon-1 pm where community members will learn about pertinent information to help protect and to maintain the highest level of independence and safety within the community setting.  After the presentation will be a panel of expertise providing Q&A time for participants to ask questions. The training will include many including how to recognize when older adult loved ones are at risk. There will be information booths for community members to visit and find resource information. This workshop is geared toward professionals/community members who are caring for their elder loved ones or anticipating the need to care for their elders.  Click HERE

 

June 16th from 6-9 pm –Light the Bridge Purple event : Join us to light the Sundial Bridge purple! The event includes a live broadcast by Q97.3, resource booths, $250 Cash Prize Treasure Hunt, (to purchase ticket for the treasure hunt see below) food, music, children activities and other entertainment. The event is free to the public and wheelchairs will be available transport your elderly loved one across the bridge to the event.  Wheelchairs have been generously provided by Everything Medical to ensure our older adults are able to join in the festivities.

 

June 16th 6-9 pm-Treasure Hunt at the Sundial Bridge: Join us at the Light It Up Purple Event and search the event area for clues to reach the treasure. Each clue will educate you on the how to prevent elder abuse and will lead you to the next clue.  Every participant will get a prize at the completion of the hunt and will get a ticket to be entered into the Treasure Chest Grand Prize Drawing. The Grand Prize Drawing will be a treasure box filled with $250 Cash and other prizes. The first 20 participants to reach the treasure destination will also get an additional bonus drawing ticket. You can purchase your tickets:

  • Lunch & Learn, June 13th
  • Blood Drive, June 12th
  • At the Light it Up Purple Event

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation, is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home. This statistic is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to disclose or report the violence.

The following six types of maltreatment occur among persons over the age of 60.

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Mental Abuse
  • Neglect/Self neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial Abuse

Download “Don’t Miss the Signs” Flyer providing further details on the six

Shiningcare’s Gatekeeper Program: Working to Prevent Elder Abuse

Gatekeeper Program educates businesses and organizations who have regular contact with older adult customers to notice and identify seniors who are potentially at risk.

A major component of the training includes abuse and fraud prevention.

 

These trained Gatekeepers then connect at-risk elders to the necessary for safety health and the highest level of independence. A large component of the training as well as the support services to the elder provides financial abuse prevention measures.

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