Elder Abuse Prevention

Staff Lead: Christine Chow
Executive Director, OCSPA
with support from Human Options

Elder Abuse Prevention
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Goal: Launch an education and awareness campaign regarding elder abuse awareness and prevention at two Orange County cities, targeting the general public, first responders, academic institutions, and mandated reporters.

Participating Organizations: Adult Protective Services, Alzheimer’s Association – Orange County Chapter, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Chapman University, City of Laguna Woods, Department of Justice, Human Options, National Center on Elder Abuse at USC, OC Sheriff’s Department, Ombudsman Office at Council on Aging – Southern California, Public Guardian’s Office, Orange County Health Care Agency, St. Jude Medical Center

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Orange County’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event

  • June 15 at the Buena Park Senior Center

WEAAD Resources from the National Center on Elder Abuse

Information on Hosting an Event

Quarterly Updates

Quarter 1
July – September 2017

  • For the curriculum being developed, the subcommittee decided to review all types of elder abuse with a concentration on financial abuse.
  • Human Options is developing the curriculum with the subcommittee’s feedback.

Quarter 2
October – December 2017

  • The subcommittee had 20 attendees at the “Reframing Elder Abuse” training with the National Center on Elder Abuse.
  • The subcommittee has developed a training curriculum for first responders/mandated reporters and the general public on the topic of financial elder abuse. The Elder Abuse Awareness Train-the-Trainer will be  held on February 27, 2018.

Quarter 3
January – March 2018

  • The training for subcommittee members took place on February 27, 2018. Sixteen non-profit and county representatives were trained. The subcommittee met again on April 17 to start booking trainings in Laguna Woods and Anaheim.
  • The subcommittee is collaborating with the National Center on Elder Abuse around communications activities during the month of June for World Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

Quarter 4
April – June 2018

  • Due to multiple requests outside of Laguna Woods and Anaheim, the subcommittee is now booking trainings for students, professionals, and the general public throughout Orange County.
  • The OCSPA “How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones” workshop was featured at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event on June 15 at the Buena Park Senior Center. Over 260 were in attendance. Topics included fraud/identity theft, empowerment/safety tips, technology/cyber abuse, and financial abuse. The event was planned by the North Orange County Senior Collaborative and the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative. Click here to see pictures.
  • By the end of the 18 months, 500 Orange County residents will have attended a financial abuse awareness and prevention workshop. To date the trainers have had 60 attendees from the general public, 115 professionals and 12 students.

Quarter 5
July – September 2018

  • On September 25, over 40 interns in aging services learned about how to respond to financial elder abuse, including how to utilize resources available in Orange County. Expert speakers included Kelli Morris from the FAST Program at Council on Aging – Southern California, Mieka Bledsoe from the Safe Options for Seniors Program at Human Options and Christa Tipton from Adult Protective Services.
  • By the end of the 18 months, 500 Orange County residents will have attended a financial abuse awareness and prevention workshop. To date the trainers have had 110 attendees from the general public, 215 professionals and 71 students.

Resources/Upcoming Events