Hold The Date – March Against Elder Abuse
June 15 in Brockton and June 22 in Plymouth
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. In almost 60% of the cases, the perpetrator is a family member. Elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, “In fiscal year 2015, 24,978 elder abuse reports were received and there were 7,117 newly confirmed allegations of elder abuse. These numbers represent an increase of 37% of the total number of elder abuse reports and a 57% increase in confirmed allegations compared to FY 2011.”
June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and OCES will be leading two marches with members from our local Councils on Aging (COA) and other dedicated citizens on June 15 in Brockton and June 22 in Plymouth. Read more.
Selfie With Sid Photo Contest! To learn more, click here.
OCES Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On May 10, 2017, OCES hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch attended by over 160 guests. Recognized at the lunch were five volunteers who achieved over 4,000 volunteer hours over the course of a lifetime and who were presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) by Brenda Carrens, OCES Volunteer Programs Manager, and Chris McLaren, OCES Community Programs Director. Read more.
May is Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month (OAM) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration. ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud. This theme shines a light on many important trends as older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. Read more.
SHINE Needs Your Help!
The SHINE program has been able to help thousands of Medicare beneficiaries in your area since 1988. Perhaps you have been one of the many we have helped, and have seen firsthand just how valuable the program is. It is unfortunate that budget cuts have put the funding for the SHINE program (known nationally as SHIP) in jeopardy. It is a real possibility that the program will no longer be funded in the near future and the SHINE program will cease to exist. The SHINE program needs your voice. Read more.