Resolution On Elder Abuse

  • Whereas 1.5 to 2 million older adults are maltreated annually in the U.S., and
  • Whereas only 1 in every 8 of these cases is reported; and
  • Whereas elder abuse and neglect take many forms such as:

Physical – beatings, sexual abuse, improper use of restraints or medication and failure to provide food/fluids, shelter and clothing;

Psychological – verbal abuse, improper use of medications, sexual abuse, isolation abuse;

Financial – stealing possessions, misuse or waste of assets;

Therefore the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries calls on The United Methodist Church to break the silence and to address this social ill through:

■ Education and awareness,

■ Information, counseling, and referral services,

■ Support systems,

■ Reports to the proper authorities when abuse is suspected.

IMPLEMENTATION POINTS:

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

  1. Provide workshops.
  2. Collaborate with the state government on training in prevention and intervention in Older Adult Abuse, adding a faith dimension.
  3. Provide sensitivity training re: working with an older adult population.

INFORMATION COUNSELING AND REFERRAL SERVICES

  1. Distribute Elder Abuse bulletin inserts as well as material available from AARP and Citizens for Better Care.
  2. Develop counseling/referral services with the aid of the Parish Nurse Program.
  3. Contact local Area Agencies on Aging for information.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS

  1. Develop support groups for the abused and hold at local churches or clusters.
  2. Provide support groups for the abuser and treatment on ways to change behavior
  3. Build Advocacy Committee to work with the state legislators and local officials to address Elder Abuse and other Older Adult issues.

REPORTS TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES WHEN ABUSE IS SUSPECTED

  1. Report older adult abuse to Adult Protective Services and other related agencies.
  2. Citizens for Better Care.

And through this RESOURCE:

Toll-free National Domestic Violence Hotline—funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained counselors.  1-800-799-7233 (voice),  1 -880-787-3224 (TTY),www.ndvh.org.