Elder Abuse Prevention Program
The Institute on Aging’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program provides education, outreach, advocacy, and strategic partnerships to prevent and respond to the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities. We provide presentations to professionals on how to identify, prevent, and report elder abuse. We provide presentations to older adults on how to protect themselves against abuse and scams. In partnership with San Francisco’s Adult Protective Services, Public Guardian's Office, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, District Attorney's Office, and Police Department, we hold twice monthly Elder Abuse Forensic Center meetings to discuss San Francisco’s most difficult-to-solve elder abuse cases. In addition, we convene Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team meetings six times a year for members of the public, legal services providers, private professionals, and local senior service programs to learn about resources available to elder abuse victims.
Our programs and services educate and prevent elder abuse by:
- Training service providers and older adults on how to detect, prevent, and report elder abuse
- Creating public awareness campaigns
- Providing expert speakers specializing in:
- - Elder abuse
- - Dependent adult abuse
- - Scams & financial abuse
- Coordinating the San Francisco Elder Abuse Forensic Center and Multidisciplinary teams
- Advocating for new policies and services
- Participating in the San Francisco Family Violence Council
Scam Prevention Flashcards
In partnership with San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, Institute on Aging's Elder Abuse Prevention department developed the Savvy, Aware, Secure, and Safe (SASS) Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness campaign. These 5 flashcards were developed to highlight 5 of the most common scams to help people spot them and fight back! These flashcards can be used for outreach education and are available to download in English, Spanish and Chinese.
KALW Local Public Radio
November 30, 2015
Listen to Shawna Reeves, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging, contribute to a discussion on senior scams and what older people and their families can do to protect themselves against fraud. Listen here.
June 16, 2015
Institute on Aging participated in the White House Elder Justice Forum. The forum called together 50 experts, researchers, and funders from around the country to share best practices and recommend focus areas for the White House Conference on Aging. For more information click here.
Elder Abuse Resources
- Veterans Benefits Protection Project
- 368+ Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse App for California Law Enforcement
- Civil Elder Financial Abuse for Prosecutors: A Guide
- Legal Terms for Social Workers & Social Work Terms for Lawyers, Older Adults Edition
- Fighting Elder Financial Abuse: Law Enforcement’s Role
- Civil Law Meets Social Work in Cases of Elder Financial Abuse
- Improving the Civil Legal Response to Elder Financial Abuse: Making the Law Matter