“We wanted to emphasize that elder abuse happens every day, everywhere in the City, and that it ‘hits close to home,’ as the ads say,” explains Resnick. “We wanted people to understand that you don’t have to be in a nursing home, or be poor or have dementia to be an elder abuse victim. Because elder abuse is so often perpetrated by family members, anyone is vulnerable. And we wanted to get the message across that it could be happening to a neighbor, a friend, to their own older relative.” More →
Through its partners and programs, NYCEAC seeks to prevent abuse, and assists people 60 and over who are abused or at risk of abuse – as well as their family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, and witnesses – by helping to improve how professionals, organizations and systems respond to their needs. NYCEAC, through its extensive collaborative network:
- Provides immediate case reviews, planning and coordination; case consultations; assessments and interventions; and referrals to assist the abused elderly throughout NYC.
- Responds to community needs and publicly promotes an ageist-free approach to programs.
- Collaborates with government and non-profit organizations to assist with the development of effective policies impacting on elder abuse victims and their families.
- Serves as a resource for national and international organizations by offering case consultations, educational opportunities, advocacy, research and speakers.
- Employs technology through various methods including a website, virtual conferences, automated tracking and research tools, accommodations for hearing and vision impaired and access to interpreters for multiple languages.
- Receives guidance and expertise from its Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from key government and non-profit organizations.
The NYC Elder Abuse Center, a leader in redefining the approach to and understanding about elder abuse, will be recognized as an organization in which professionals from various government and non-profit organizations will work in partnership to guarantee that elders live with dignity and well being, free from abuse and neglect.