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Sensitizing the Community to the Problem of Elder Abuse: A Community Education and Public Awareness Approach

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Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Lillian Stern

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Elderly; Violence; Education

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Raising public awareness about a disturbing social phenomenon such as elder abuse is a difficult undertaking. Project AEGIS, an innovative four-year community education and outreach program, heightened public consciousness of elder abuse through brochures, newsletters, media appearances, a telephone hot line, and training to professionals and paraprofessionals working with the elderly. As a result, the Nassau County Department of Social Services reported a nearly 90% increase in referrals to its Adult Protective Services Unit.