Chairs:
Kelli Morris, Council on Aging Southern California
Mieka Bledsoe, Human Options
Stacey Lindberg, OC Social Services Agency, Adult Protective Services

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

OCSPA Elder Abuse 18-Month Goals: July 2017 – December 2018 

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
January 1-March 31 2019

  • Subcommittee is currently updating their Financial Elder Abuse curriculum. Once updated, the curriculum will then be translated into Spanish and Vietnamese so the subcommittee can provide presentations and outreach in their communities. 
  • Held 3 Financial Elder Abuse Workshops and had 25 attendees. 
  • Working on booking classes throughout Orange County.
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be held on June 14, 2019 at Buena Park Senior Center. There will be a breakout session on Financial Elder Abuse. For more information and to register, visit: http://2019ocweaad.eventbrite.com

Quarter 2
April 1-June 30 2019

  • Subcommittee is currently updating their Financial Elder Abuse curriculum. Once updated, the curriculum will then be translated into Spanish and Vietnamese so the subcommittee can provide presentations and outreach in their communities.
  • Held 3 Financial Elder Abuse Workshops and had 25 attendees, offered it at one of the breakout sessions.
  • Working on booking classes throughout Orange County – scheduled at Tustin Senior Center and OASIS Senior Centers. Looking for more sites to host workshop.
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was held on  June 14, 2019 at the Buena Park Senior Center.  275 attendees and 50 received CEU credit. There will be a breakout session on Financial Elder Abuse. For more information and to register, visit: http://2019ocweaad.eventbrite.com

Quarter 3
July – September 30, 2019

  • The subcommittee is in their final editing stages for the Financial Elder Abuse curriculum and are looking into getting it translated in Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • To date, 95 attendees have participated in a Financial Elder Abuse workshop.
  • Currently, the subcommittee has 6 upcoming workshops on calendar.

Quarter 4
October – December 31, 2019

  • To date, 289 participants  has attended a Financial Elder Abuse workshop. More presentations are scheduled for 2020 . 
  • In mid-December, the subcommittee held a train-the-trainer session and taught 9 new community instructors on the newly revised Financial Elder Abuse curriculum.  
  • There are now 16 trained community instructors in English, including  3 instructors that can teach in Spanish
  • The curriculum is in its final review and editing stages for the Spanish version of the curriculum
  • The subcommittee has secured a date and venue for the 2020 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Save the date for Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Orange County Sheriff Training Academy. More details to come.

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