Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) is a community-based team of organizations in Lucas County, Ohio committed to addressing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders through enhanced collaboration and coordination of community resources.

Elder abuse takes many forms including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as well as neglect and financial exploitation. Sometimes it is identified as domestic violence in later life. Elder abuse occurs at all levels of economic status and among all racial and ethnic groups. According to the United States Department of Justice, a minimum of one in nine Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year. For every one case of elder abuse reported to authorities at least five more go unreported. For elders who have been mistreated, the risk of death is 300 times greater than those who have not been abused.

To report elder abuse in Lucas County call:
(419) 213-8663
. For other Ohio counties, call the
local county Jobs and Family Services office.

 

COPE History

The Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) originated as an idea from the 2005 Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force Report on Elder Abuse. The report recommended that communities form coalitions of agencies, both public and private and from a variety of disciplines, to combat elder abuse.  COPE was officially formed in January 2010 when Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) received a grant from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). Individuals from more than 30 organizations worked together to develop mission and values statements and to plan activities.

 

 

 

 
Money theft from elderly on rise

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY JULIE M. McKINNON APPEARED JULY 4, 2011 IN THE TOLEDO BLADE. READ THE CONTENTS BELOW, OR VIEW THE ARTICLE ON THE BLADE'S WEBSITE.

Money theft from elderly on rise locally, nationwide; Lucas County cases up 8% in fiscal year, to 119

A Sylvania Township registered nurse gains power of attorney for an elderly man in her care, eventually taking hundreds of thousands of dollars. A man supposedly assisting a visually impaired elderly woman helps himself to tens of thousands of dollars. Another man takes money to do repairs for elderly homeowners but allegedly never does the work.

All are cases of financial exploitation involving seniors in Lucas County, a crime that is on the rise both locally and nationally.

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