1. Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging (Prescott, AZ) will be the lead agency for an elder abuse prevention coalition for Yavapai County, a largely rural area in northern Arizona. Their project will focus on development of a new coalition that will train community members likely to encounter elder adults such as utility workers, mail and newspaper delivery personnel, and home-delivered meals volunteers about recognizing and reporting signs of elder abuse; train first responders to recognize and respond to signs of abuse; develop interagency protocols to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery; and provide information and education to older adults about the various forms of elder abuse.
2. DNA People’s Legal Services (Window Rock, AZ) is a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services and education on the Navajo Nation and surrounding counties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Project outcomes include giving presentations about elder abuse at chapters and senior centers; and developing brochures, posters, radio public service announcements, and newspaper articles about elder abuse to disseminate throughout the Navajo Nation. All oral outreach materials will be presented in both English and Navajo languages.
3. Coastal Georgia RDC Area Agency on Aging (Brunswick, GA) serves the 9-county region along Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard. Activities they plan to pursue as a result of this grant include developing a coordinated information campaign about elder abuse, creating a Speakers Bureau, and providing training for local law enforcement and other mandatory reporters.
4. Area Agency on Aging 1-B (Southfield, MI) is a regional coordinating body for the aging network in six southeast Michigan counties. Efforts will focus on increasing public awareness of the issues of elder abuse and exploitation; equipping older adults to deal with issues of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse; and more effective reporting of crimes involving elder abuse.
5. West Central Human Service Center, Aging Services Unit (Bismarck, ND) is responsible for services to the older adult population in the 10-county, mostly rural catchment area of North Dakota. Their service area includes the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They plan to increase awareness of services available through a more comprehensive delivery of information to professional and lay persons, create links and improve coordination of resources, provide training/education about advance directives, and promote a liaison with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Elder Protection Team.
6. Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Gardnerville, NV) straddles two states, creating many layers of government and causing many challenges to coordination of services. The Tribe has successfully developed relationships and protocols with local and state entities to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in combating substance abuse and the neglect and abuse of children. The project will focus on enabling this uniquely located Tribe to spearhead the development of an effective elder justice network of key representatives and organizations serving this tribal population. Activities will include development of a resource guide, awareness posters and magnets to aid in outreach and education about elder abuse.
7. New River Valley Agency on Aging (Pulaski, VA) will bring together a strong team of representatives from financial institutions, primary care physicians, faith-based institutions and domestic violence programs to address the many components of elder abuse. They foresee the coalition as strengthening community-based efforts to bring together entities who have day-to-day contact with the aging population as a means to solidify a more unified response to elder abuse. They will develop education and outreach materials, provide elder abuse community education trainings, and develop a screening tool for physicians to use with their patients to determine the presence of elder abuse or neglect.
8. Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc. (Lynn, MA) has a history of projects in the area of violence against women. Their proposal identified the benefits of establishing an elder justice community collaboration that expands the focus beyond domestic violence. GLSS plans to increase community stakeholders’ awareness and knowledge of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation through training, education and outreach. They will develop sustainable, action-oriented network strategies for dealing with the detection, prevention and eradication of elder abuse.
9. Heritage Clinic and the Community Assistance Program for Seniors dba The Center for Aging Resources (Pasadena, CA) anticipates creating a coalition of social service professionals, law enforcement, court officials and others, along with community entities that often encounter elders, e.g., postal workers, bank tellers, church staff and housing officials. This project will focus on increasing awareness of how to recognize and respond to elder abuse, improve interdisciplinary collaboration among coalition members, and increase outreach efforts to at-risk or victimized elders.
10. Indochina Sino-American Community Center (New York, NY) serves the needs of a unique, special population of first-generation-in-the-U.S. Chinese elders. Among its proposed outcomes is the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and responses to elder abuse for this target population.