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SENIOR RESOURCE FAIR FOCUSES ON PROTECTING CONTRA COSTA SENIORS FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Learn to identify, report abuse at Senior Resource Fair Commemorating Elder Abuse Awareness Month at Pleasant Hill Senior Center on June 29
Walnut Creek, CA—June 18, 2018—Elder Abuse Awareness Month, a worldwide call to action aimed at raising awareness and understanding of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, is in June. To promote awareness in Contra Costa County, Hillendale Home Care is partnering with Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County and the Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) with an information booth staffed by experts and professionals in elder services at the Senior Resource Fair, Friday, June 29, from 10 to 11:30am. The event takes place at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center at 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.
In California, 50,000 cases of elder abuse go unreported every month, with as few as one in 14 cases of elder and dependent adult abuse reported because victims are ashamed, hopeless, intimidated, or afraid of the perpetrator. The issue of elder abuse in Contra Costa County is of critical concern as the county's aging population continues to grow at a rapid rate. More than 4,200 cases of elder abuse were reported in Contra Costa County this year, an increase of nine percent over the previous year.
If an older adult is in immediate, life-threatening danger, people directed to call 911. Anyone who suspects a case of elder abuse should contact Adult Protective Services 24-hour hotline at 877.839.4347 or 925.602.4179; Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa and Solano at 925.685.2070, or local law enforcement or emergency services agencies.
About Hillendale Home Care, www.Hillendale.net
Hillendale Home Care is a licensed Home Care Organization that has been serving Contra Costa County since 2002, assisting families of seniors needing care to help people “age in place” with dignity. Passionate about the level of care in the deliverance of services for older adults in Contra Costa County, Hillendale provides quality, caring, and reliable assistance to clients and their families in clients' homes.
About Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County, www.ccombudsman.org
Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County are the primary and first advocates for the 9,000 residents of long-term care (LTC) in Contra Costa County, addressing issues and situations that negatively impact the health, safety, and dignity of residents living in long-term care. As change agents, they reach beyond their core services by offering education to facilities, families, and the community at large on issues affecting aging, culture change, dementia care, placement, end of life care, and more.
About Employment & Human Services Department, www.EHSD.org
Employment & Human Services partners with the community to deliver quality services to ensure access to resources that support, protect, and empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. The department’s Aging and Adult Services (AAS) Bureau, which includes Adult Protective Services (APS), is dedicated to the safety and well-being of Contra Costa County’s elders and persons with disabilities, and administers a variety of programs designed to allow individuals to live safely and thrive with dignity.
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