2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Last week, the CCRC (Coordinated Community Response Coalition) of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne hosted the first regional summit for Elder Abuse. It included task representatives from Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. Our purpose and goal was to discuss the many barriers we all face with assisting our victims of elder abuse, as well as the sharing of best practices for handling these difficult circumstances.

Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Studies show elder abuse is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home. This statistic is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to disclose or report the violence.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit Presentation

I have been part of the CCRC for Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County’s for over 10 years. The CCRC is a network of professional’s who work with older adults. We have representatives from the legal world including attorneys, prosecutors, judges, police officers, social service agencies, adult protective services, financial institutions, and more. We have hosted educational training’s on how to recognize, react, and respond to victims of elder abuse.

One of the great benefits of belonging to this network is having access to a vast array of professionals that we can tap into to assist our clients. We also have provided educational outreach materials, hosted 2 international conferences: “Elder Abuse Has No Boarders,” which brought in top level professionals who work on a daily basis with victims of elder abuse to share their experiences and provide insight for other professionals.

At the end of the Summit we all agreed there is so much more work to be done to build awareness of elder abuse and ways to prevent it, and to successfully prosecute it. We also agreed that by sharing best practices, concerns, and ideas can make a bigger impact than alone. Some of these applications included; development of a county-wide task force on Hoarding, outreach of printed and social media pieces on Elder Abuse Awareness, and educational training’s to law enforcement, emergency responders, senior center staff, and nursing home staff. We will be also creating a web-based sharing library of resources each Task Force member will be able to access.

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Group

Being part of this alliance has been beneficial for our community. Elder Abuse occurs in every community and affects seniors of all socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and Auburn Hills is no exception. There have been situations over the years when I was assisting someone who had been a victim of elder abuse, and having the ability to reach out to my counterparts in the CCRC aided in me being able to obtain the appropriate assistance for our victims. Another benefit has been the ongoing training and education in awareness and prevention of elder abuse I have participated in, as well as, coordinating training’s.

Margaret Mead said it best: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

 

Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

2018 Elder Abuse Taskforce Summit

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

Two Auburn Hills residents have received the 2018 Governor’s Service Award. On June 5th, a special ceremony will be hosted by the Community Service Commission for both Doris McCutcheon and Lee Ellen Kerr. They will be receiving an award for their outstanding community service.

Doris McCutcheon, Senior Volunteer of the Year
Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Doris McCutcheon was named Senior Volunteer of the Year. She has spent more than 50 years helping young women reach their potential. Doris started a nonprofit program called Girls First. This program emphasizes the importance of young girls taking care of themselves and prepares them for many life experiences they might face.

 

Lee Ellen Kerr, Mentor of the Year Photo Credit: Michigan Community Service Commission

Lee Ellen Kerr was named Mentor of the Year. She has mentored over 20 young women and has helped them identify a path for their future. Kerr has helped these young women create a five year plan for college and a career path for success. She also created the GLAD program at DOW Automotive. This program provides training for allies as they support the LGBTQ community at DOW.

We are proud to have these outstanding women a part of our Auburn Hills Community.

 

 

Alanna Weber, Executive Assistant to the City Manager

Auburn Hills residents receive the 2018 Governor’s Service Award

New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

The year started out wonderful for our homebound Meals on Wheels seniors because of a compassionate local business and some fantastic volunteers.

For the second year in a row, Harbor Chase Assisted Living sponsored the New Year’s Day Meals on Wheels by providing a wonderful meal. Because we don’t deliver meals on the holiday, our seniors are provided with frozen meals ahead of time. With the generosity of Harbor Chase, the seniors received a delicious tasty meal. Continue reading “New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors”

New Year’s Day 2018 – A Great Day for Auburn Hills Meals on Wheels Seniors

Frigid Temperatures Can Be Deadly to the Frail and Elderly

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This morning, the news reported the tragic deaths of two older adults found outside in this horrible cold.

Why they were outside we might never know, but it’s a huge wake-up call for all of us to check on our older family members, friends, and neighbors. What can you do?

  • Make a phone call, visiting or just being observant could prevent another tragedy.
  • If you have elderly family members or neighbors offer to go out and get their mail, take the trash out or in or even stop at the grocery store and grab a few items for them so they do not have to go outside.
  • If you are cooking dinner, make a little bit extra and take it to them. A warm home-cooked meal can make any frigid day feel warmer.
  • Shovel or plow out their driveway and sidewalk. This is really important in case an emergency occurs or they are receiving Meals on Wheels.
  • If your elderly family members are not close by, make sure you have a neighbor or friends contact information in case you can’t contact your family member.

If you are concerned about an elderly or frail senior, please do not hesitate to call 911 to report your concern.

The City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department is another good resource for non-emergency programs and services for older adults.

Let’s help protect those who have given so much to our community.


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Frigid Temperatures Can Be Deadly to the Frail and Elderly

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

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Michigan summers and winter weather can pose many challenges to older adults; major disasters are even more challenging. Winter brings power failures and ice storms while summer brings heat waves and power outages and more. So how can you help your older relative or neighbor during and after a disaster?

I just read an informative blog on the Public Health Emergency website. The blog was written by Cheryl A. Levine, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst & Team Lead for At-Risk Individuals, ASPR’s Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience.

The blog is a very easy to read and gives great tips for during and after disasters. It’s worth your time.

BLOG: https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/pages/BlogArticlePage.aspx?PostID=267


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

How to Help Older Adults Before and After a Storm

Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds

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An Oakland University study on the effects of preventative, home-based physical therapy on senior citizens has been selected to receive a $23,300 Health Innovation Grant by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

The university is also providing an in-kind match of $10,418.85 for the project.

“It’s very exciting,” said Dr. Chris Wilson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Oakland University. “In terms of the health and wellness of senior citizens, it’s been such a neglected area. So for us to know that other people in the state of Michigan share our vision, it gives us a confidence boost to keep going.”

Oakland was the only university among 33 Michigan-based organizations and institutions to receive funding via the 2017 Health Innovation Grant, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. Continue reading “Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds”

Oakland University expands physical therapy study with Health Innovation Grant funds

Solution for Caregivers Expo

From time to time, I come across events that are truly worthwhile for seniors, caregivers, family members and friends. The Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo is one of those events.

This event provides a wide variety of educational sessions, resources, and displays. So many times we might see information on products specifically for seniors in a magazine or on TV but are hesitant to purchase something without seeing it or touching it. There are over 90 vendors at this event where you can touch and feel  a variety of products and talk to various professionals.

Do you sometimes feel like you’re lost in a maze when it comes to understanding Medicare or Medicaid? Or care for a loved one with dementia and don’t know what resources are available to help you? This Expo is like a one-stop shop to get answers to many of your questions.

And as always, the Senior Services Department is a great place to seek resources, ask questions and get answers. And if we don’t know an answer or have the resource, we can certainly refer you to someone who does.


Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services

Solution for Caregivers Expo