Posted by: resparish | September 7, 2010

Elder Abuse Summit – Sept. 21st

Bishop McGrath along with speakers from the Archstone Foundation and Santa Clara Mental Health Department will have the opening remarks to the upcoming Protecting our Elders 2010 Summit Meeting.

Please join us at this Summit to help address protecting our elders.

When:  Tuesday, September 21, 2010
10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino
10185 North Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

If you join the many others who are greatly concerned about the safety of our elders, you have reason to be.Elder Abuse and Neglect has often been called the hidden crime because it can be difficult to recognize. In fact, 1 in 5 elder abuse cases go unreported. In financial abuse cases, only 1 in 14 are reported. Elders often are vulnerable and unable to speak out and need us to speak out against elder abuse. Elder abuse can take many forms, some of which may not be what one typically thinks of. There are many subtle and still very damaging types that take their toll on elderly people. These can include neglect, emotional abuse, and even financial exploitation. Protecting Our Elders, a project funded by the Archstone Foundation and the County Mental Health Department, is in its fifth year of enhancing faith communities to respond to the tragedy of elder abuse. Because the elderly often have more regular contact with clergy and faith community members than with any other individuals or organizations, it is particularly important that the faith community becomes better informed about ways to help to prevent elder abuse and neglect and be educated on the mental health issues involved.

Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect urgently invites you to a Summit Meeting 2010 on September 21, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. where participants will be educated and inspired to Protect Our Elders. This important event includes keynote speakers on elder abuse, mental health and resources, panel discussions, and opportunities to collectively develop action plans for the further protection of our elders. We Must Act Now! We must speak out against elder abuse, raise public awareness about elder abuse, create a safe place for elders, and know what steps to take when elder abuse has occurred. We must join together to promote dignity, respect, and an optimal quality of life for elders from all cultural and traditional backgrounds. We look forward to extending our warm welcome at the Summit to hundreds of clergy, lay leaders, community members, family care givers, adult children of aging parents, or anyone interested in the psychosocial and spiritual well being of elders. Hope you will be one of them. Easy registration at www.protectingourelders.net


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