Advocacy to prevent elder abuse & support victims

An astounding 260,000 older New Yorkers are currently experiencing elder abuse.  According to a 2011 study, "Under the Radar: NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study," only 1 in 24 cases is reported to authorities. For financial abuse, that number rises to 1 in 44. The demographic reality of an aging population means these numbers are likely to increase, which is one reason why we are committed to advocating for funding for elder abuse prevention and meaningful policy to address this issue.

LiveOn NY proudly recognizes our members that are contracted through the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) to provide borough-based elder abuse victim and prevention services:

Bronx - Neighborhood SHOPP
Brooklyn & Queens - JASA
Manhattan - The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc.
Staten Island - Community Agency for Senior Citizens (CASC)

LiveOn NY also recognizes Lifespan, Convener of the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse.

Research

NYC Responds: Shared Responsibility: Joint Action.  Developing a NYC Roadmap to Address Elder Abuse

Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study

The New York State Cost of Financial Exploitation Study

Resources

New York City Department for the Aging: nyc.gov/aging - Visit the DFTA Elder Abuse & Crime Victims Services section on DFTA’s website for valuable resources and information on support available through calling 311. Click here for a flyer from DFTA that you can display and distribute to educate others about how to get help from borough-based service providers.

NYC Elder Abuse Center: nyceac.com  NYCEAC fosters an unprecedented level of collaboration and coordination in partnership with NYC government and non-profit agencies to provide a streamlined and rapid response to elder abuse cases.  

New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse: nyselderabuse.org Formed by Lifespan to implement the New York State Elder Abuse Summit Action Agenda, the coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,800 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence: nyc.gov/html/ocdv/html/home/home.shtml - Visit the website to learn about other resources for domestic violence victims.

National Center on Elder Abuse: ncea.acl.gov - Visit the website and the Education tab for ideas, information, including fact sheets and training materials you can distribute to seniors.

Senior Medicare Patrol: The New York Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is part of a nationwide education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud and waste. You can report suspected problems to SMP hotline at 1-877-678-4697. LiveOn NY’s staff and trained volunteers work to correct errors and report abuse of the Medicare system to government authorities. Click here for more.

National Council for Aging Care: Learn ways to recognize elder abuse as well as what can be done is elder abuse has occurred. Click here for more information.

 

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