OSWEGO, NY – Hope Cimilluca (standing left), case manager, and Elizabeth Weimer (standing right), aging specialist, Caregiver Services with Oswego County Office for the Aging visited The Gardens Assisted Living Community in Oswego in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The two shared information with residents and staff regarding services offered through the Office for the Aging, and what to do if they suspect elder abuse.
“We are actively beginning our initiative to raise awareness throughout Oswego County of the issue of elder abuse. It’s not just physical abuse; neglect, psychological abuse, financial abuse and exploitation are all forms of elder abuse. Unfortunately, abuse from family members is the most common. By raising awareness of elder abuse we seek to empower community members so that in the event they suspect elder abuse they will know how to recognize it and the steps they should make to correctly report it. We will be visiting human service agencies and senior living facilities and are happy to provide information to all who are interested. For more information contact us at 315-349-3484,” said Weimer.
In addition to their presentation Cimilluca and Weimer joined the residents in making purple flower decorations and purple ribbons, the official color of elder abuse awareness.
Displaying their flowers and ribbons are Dorathy VanPatten and Wayne Kellogg.
Located at 132 Ellen St., The Gardens is a 106-bed assisted living community that provides an active living community and promotes independence while offering the support services necessary to assist individuals with health care needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.thegardensbymorningstar.com