Elder Justice

Elder Abuse is physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult. It also includes financial exploitation or neglect of an older adult’s welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care. About 1 in 10 Americans over age 60 are abused, neglected or financially exploited. Elder citizens may be fragile or even unaware as they experience trauma through abuse and neglect from caregivers, family members and others in the community. As the population continues to age, with more senior citizens on Social Security than students in public schools, LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope is pioneering a new, multidisciplinary program designed to properly serve this growing segment of the community. Often isolated and vulnerable, older adults may live in fear. The antidote to fear is hope.

Partnering with experts at Levindale and Sinai hospitals, the Elder Justice Center provides rapid response, forensic interviewing and mental health services for elders who have experienced physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse. This also includes financial and material abuse, neglect, and loss of dignity and respect. The center will provide outreach, intervention and prevention programs to enable elder community members to live safely with dignity and respect.

For more information contact Nancy Aiken naiken@lifebridgehealth.org.