MA State Legislature Commends HSL for Promoting Elder Abuse Awareness

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BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife, a national senior services provider in Boston, has been commended by the Massachusetts State Legislature on its recognition of June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The resolution was signed by 89 state legislators.

The resolution commends Hebrew SeniorLife for its recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) and urges other members of the public to follow suit in promoting awareness and prevention of elder abuse. It also notes that one in ten Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some type of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Hebrew SeniorLife CEO Lou Woolf said, “We thank the many members of the legislature that signed the resolution and are committed to improving the quality of life for all seniors, especially the most vulnerable among us. We know all too well that elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation cross all racial, social, class, gender, and geographic lines and can only be mitigated with awareness and action from a vigilant community.”

Representative Danielle Gregoire remarked that “protecting our vulnerable elders is a community responsibility and private individuals and public agencies must work together at all levels of government to combat elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.” Hebrew SeniorLife’s recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is just one part of its larger effort to address this growing problem. HSL is committed to promoting education and awareness, engaging in advocacy, conducting research, and providing supportive services in addition to offering shelter to elder abuse victims.

The official signed resolution will be displayed permanently at Hebrew SeniorLife’s flagship campus in Roslindale, Mass.

To learn more about Hebrew SeniorLife’s efforts in this area, please visit Hebrew SeniorLife’s webpage on combatting elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

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. Founded in Boston in 1903, the nonprofit, non-sectarian organization today provides communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.