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County to Host Protecting Our Elders Summit 2010

Free Meeting to Train Clergy and Lay Leaders to Identify and Respond to Elder Abuse and Neglect

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency and the Department of Mental Health are
partnering with The Archstone Foundation Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect Project to present Protecting our Elders Summit 2010.

Protecting Our Elders Summit Meeting 2010 will engage hundreds of members of the community, the clergy and lay leaders in separate discussions on how to identify, prevent and respond to elder abuse. The summit will train those interested in the psychological and spiritual well-being of elders and will present mental health and caregiver resources and services available to elders in the community. Topics include: The Many Faces of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the DNA of Compassion, Caregiving and Receiving.

Free admission and lunch will be provided for participants who make early reservations. Translators will be available for participants who request them ahead of time. Carpooling is encouraged, as parking is free, but limited.

WHO:
The Archstone Foundation Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect Project
Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Local representatives of the Clergy
Lay leaders
Community members, caregivers and adult children of elders

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Quinlan Community Center, 10185 North Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA

WHY:
Projections indicate that in Santa Clara County the population of older adults will double
between 2000 and 2020, from approximately 220,000 to 428,300. The County of Santa Clara
receives an average of 2,700 reports of different types of elder abuse per year. Victims of elder
financial abuse have a three times higher mortality rate than those who are not victims.

A 2004 Countywide Senior Needs Assessment found that there were 1,114 confirmed incidents of elder abuse; 60.6 percent were self-neglect and 39.4 percent were abuse by others. Elder abuse is not limited to any specific ethnic group or culture.

Many elder abuse, neglect and self-neglect victims have mental health issues and need services.
In Santa Clara County, seniors (60 years and over) comprise approximately 13 percent of the population (approximately 230,000 individuals). The most prevalent mental health problems among seniors are depressive disorders (42.1 percent of older adults who received services in 2003).

National data shows that elder abuse occurs primarily at home. Most likely perpetrators are
adult children of the victim, spouses and other relatives, but these crimes are the least reported
and prosecuted. The most common types of elder abuse are self-neglect, neglect by a caregiver,
financial and material exploitation, emotional, psychological and physical abuse.

For information about the Summit, contact Betty Malks, Protecting Our Elders Project Director, (408)489-1952.

To reserve lunch or for additional information, call (650) 269-2589 (messages only) or contact rsvp@protectingourelders.net

About Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect

Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect is a project funded in part by The Archstone Foundation and Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health. The project is now in its fifth year to encourage faith communities to recognize and respond to elder abuse and neglect. It also supports working together to promote dignity, respect and an optimal quality of life for elders from all cultural and traditional backgrounds.

Protecting Our Elders Summit 2010 is sponsored by:

Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Department of Aging and Adult Services
The Archstone Foundation Protecting our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and
Neglect Project

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Nicole Huff, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750; Dr. Nancy Peña, Department of Mental Health, (408) 885-5783
Posted: September 3, 2010