SSA Receives Federal Elder Abuse Grant

December 24, 2015

Senior Services of Albany has been selected to receive a $400,000 federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women to provide “Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life.”  Senior Services of Albany will work with four key partner agencies:

  • Albany County District Attorney’s Office,
  • Albany County Department of Social Services,
  • City of Albany Police,
  • and Equinox, Inc.

Together these agencies will provide enhanced and expanded services to individuals over 50 years of age who are victims of:

  • elder abuse,
  • neglect,
  • exploitation, including sexual assault,
  • domestic violence,
  • and date violence or stalking.

In addition, the program will also provide education, training, and support for adapting best practices to a broad array of agencies and organizations that interact with elder abuse victims in the Capital region.

The NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study1  found that seniors reported being abused at the rate of 76 per 1,000 seniors, a far greater rate than traditional sources such as Adult Protective Services has previously identified. Based on that ratio, nearly 5,000 Albany County seniors may have experienced, or are currently experiencing, elder abuse.  Given the number of seniors who are reportedly living in fear and danger in Albany County, we believe there is substantial and urgent need to expand community awareness and grow our ability to provide services to victims of elder abuse.

Senior Services of Albany will serve as the lead agency in this initiative, and along with the four key community partners, will establish a multi-disciplinary team that will orchestrate the community-wide change in the way older abuse victims in Albany County are identified and how they are supported as they move to achieve safety and autonomy.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy says “Collaboration and partnership are key components of this grant which will help seniors and change the culture when it comes to elder abuse.  The Albany County Department of Social Services will be a strong partner with Senior Services of Albany and the other community agencies in this important comprehensive approach to addressing violence in later life.”

  1. David Soares, Albany County District Attorney, shares his concern on this issue. “We are aware of the increasing amount of elder abuse and violence that our senior population is facing as the number of elders in our community continues to grow. Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of abuse and neglect and for every reported case of abuse it is estimated that 5 or more cases go unreported.”

City of Albany Police Chief, Brendan Cox, states that “The Albany Police Department is happy to be part of this training initiative which will help us better serve our senior residents when they fall victim to elder abuse or domestic violence.”

Dr. Dorothy Cucinelli, CEO of Equinox, Inc. “is pleased to participate as a victim service provider in this important community-wide project.”

According to Monika Boeckmann, Executive Director of Senior Services of Albany, “This grant is especially exciting because it supports meaningful collaboration amongst agencies to benefit some of our community’s most vulnerable neighbors.”

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