Summer 2012

Elder Abuse Awareness

ElderSometimes the only things visible are tears… each year, hundreds of thousands of elders are abused, neglected, and exploited. Join Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) in our pledge to eliminate elder abuse.

Elder abuse is on the rise. What is elder abuse? It’s taking money an elder needs to live. It’s pushing them, shoving them. It’s leaving them unattended when they cannot care for themselves. Last year, OCES’ Protective Services Department assisted over 800 abused or neglected elders within the service area. OCES helps elders who have been victims of neglect or harm from a caregiver; types of abuse include physical, verbal, sexual and financial.

The Protective Services Worker (PSW) responds to reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable elders. Intervention by the PSW includes investigating the report, providing support and if needed, resources such as medical, legal, psychological, financial and housing assistance.

Let us introduce you to a few of the elders we have assisted (the names have been changed in order to protect privacy). Read more.

It’s About Time

Old Colony Elder Services offered a series of “It’s About Time” free workshops for caregivers. These workshops taught caregivers how to remain physically and emotionally healthy while providing essential care-giving to a loved one.
The final workshop was held at the Brockton Council on Aging in May. Caregivers learned techniques and strategies for managing time and reducing stress. Claudia Denelle of That’s Tasty! taught meal preparation; Sharon Fisher of Come to Order shared time management tips; and Dee Lyon of Real Life Yoga taught relaxation techniques. “It’s About Time” workshops were offered in partnership with the Brockton, Marshfield and Plymouth Councils on Aging and were made possible through a generous grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Dancing with the Angels Supports Our Special Needs Funds

Dancing AngelsIn 2011 and 2012, Dancing with the Angels raised more than $30,000 which directly helped support frail elders throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

We’d like to thank Visiting Angels, a private home care agency and the creators of the “Dancing with the Angels” benefit event for their ongoing efforts to help us assist elders in need.

Through sponsorship and ticket sales, Dancing with the Angels supports the Special Needs/Emergency Fund established to help frail elders in the 34 communities served by Old Colony Elder Services and South Shore Elder Services.

This year’s event, which featured a 1920’s themed dance competition, was a tremendous success raising a total of $17,000 which was split between the two agencies.

OCES’ Nutrition Program Announces Two New Congregate Meal Sites
“Hunger is a serious threat facing millions of seniors in the United States” – Meals on Wheels Association of America. OCES is taking steps to reach more seniors in our service area.

BrocktonCOA congregate

(L to R) Marie Pelaggi, Ginger O’Connor and Bernice Bennett enjoy their first meal at Old Colony Elder Services’ new congregate meal site at the Brockton Council on Aging.

Haitian Congregate

(L to R) Meprilia Glaude, Lefete Charles (standing), Olive Gilbert and Olianne Gilbert enjoy the congregate meal catered by Jeano’s, a 4-star Haitian Creole Restaurant in Brockton. This congregate site is located at the Haitian Tabernacle Church, 696 N. Main Street, Brockton.
Thank You!

Thank You!

Old Colony Elder Services thanks the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for their donation to the Money Management Program. OCES relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers to keep this essential program operating. Our Money Management volunteers make home visits and help seniors balance their checkbooks, develop budgets and pay bills.