In conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15th), we want to highlight our Community Elder Mistreatment & Abuse Prevention Program (CEMAPP). Did you know that each year 260,000+ older New Yorkers are neglected or exploited?
As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.
Policies and practices make it hard for older people to stay involved with and connected to our communities as they age. As a result, older people are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. CEMAPP helps keep aging New Yorkers connected and protected from abuse, whether financial, emotional, physical or sexual. Older adults who are socially connected and protected from harm are less likely to be hospitalized, less likely to go into nursing homes and less likely to die.
With your help, we can fight for our most vulnerable and needy seniors that endure elder abuse.