World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010

PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 10, 2010

The Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) is sponsoring a free program in recognition of "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010." The program is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in The Toledo Hospital Education Center Auditorium (North Cove Boulevard).

COPE is a newly formed organization comprised of approximately 50 members representing more than 30 agencies and companies in Lucas County that are concerned with elder abuse.  "We are very pleased to be able to present this program," says Sandra Hamilton, chair of COPE and director of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE).  "People who work with older adults, or who have older parents, anyone who is over 60 is encouraged to attend this very informative program," she adds.

Hamilton reports that elder abuse tragically occurs more often that people realize.  According to statistics from the Department of Justice, a minimum of one in nine (11 percent) of Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year.  For every one case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect that is 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.

The program will feature a short documentary film, "An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America," that shines the light on elder abuse. In addition, a panel discussion will feature representatives from Lucas County Adult Protective Services, the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.'s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Alzheimer's Association, and ProMedica Home Health Care.  The program will provide information on the rights of older Americans, identify resources to assist older adults who have been abused or are at risk for abuse, and inspire program attendees to support local efforts to make a difference in this issue.

The program is approved for two hours of continuing education credit for social workers and nurses per the Ohio Administrative Code-4723-14-05.  For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Conley at 419/537-1999 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact:  Sandra Hamilton, COPE Chairman
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
419/259-2891 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it