The Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program at Aging Resources was chosen as a recipient of a 2019 Aging Innovations and Achievement Award.
The award is presented by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). This will be their third national award in 5 years. The award ceremony will be held at the 2019 n4a Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 27-31.
The EAPA staff submitted an application detailing the process they use in identifying at-risk older adults and providing them with support, education and alternatives in mitigating their abusive situations. When a concerned person or vulnerable adult calls the office, they are offered services ranging from family meetings, filing “no contact orders” and/or advocating for the older adult in various settings. These preventive interventions often either reduce or eliminate the need for additional action.
Other effective networking tools that could easily be replicated by other Area Agencies on Aging were presented. Partnering with fire departments, emergency response teams, law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services has expanded the reach into the community. These agencies are happy to have Aging Resources as their partner.