Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect Co-Sponsors World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk in Boston on June 15

The Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect Is the first and only abuse shelter program for seniors in Massachusetts

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Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect is co-sponsoring the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk in Boston on June 15, 2023, along with Central Boston Elder Services and other partners. The walk will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Boston Common, beginning at the Parkman Bandstand.

Scheduled speakers include Massachusetts Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell, and Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. Find more information about the CBES event here

The Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect at Hebrew SeniorLife (CPEAN) provides safe shelter and services for seniors suffering from abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, focusing on:

  • Physical shelter for older adults who are in an unsafe situation due to abuse
  • Supportive services to seniors experiencing abuse
  • Training and education
  • Community awareness building

The CPEAN emergency shelter, located in the Greater Boston area, meets a critical need for those who are in danger, providing them with a safe place to stay and the supportive services and resources necessary for them to begin to heal.

To make a referral, inquire about services, or explore education and programming opportunities, call CPEAN at 617-363-8423 or email us at ElderAbusePrevention@hsl.harvard.edu.

Report Elder Abuse and Neglect 

If you’re concerned about the safety of an older adult, use the 24/7 Massachusetts state hotline at 800-922-2275 to report suspected elder abuse or neglect. You can file a report online at https://www.mass.gov/reporting-elder-abuse-neglect

In the U.S., one in 10, or approximately five million older adults, are subject to abuse every year, according to the National Institutes on Aging. The types of abuse include physical, emotional, neglect and self-neglect, abandonment, sexual, and financial abuse.  Read our blog post: 11 Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse.

UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, designated as 15 June, was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006, and recognized as a United Nations Day by the General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/66/127 adopted in 2011.

The resolution invites all member states, organizations of the United Nations system, and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe this day in an appropriate manner.

About Hebrew SeniorLife

Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 3,000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, which has a portfolio of more than $85 million, making it one of the largest gerontological research facilities in the U.S. in a clinical setting. It also trains more than 1,000 geriatric care providers each year. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit our website or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.