Anyone who has cared full time for an elderly parent or relative knows that it can be a daunting task, particularly when there are other stresses in the home. Tensions can mount, and an elderly person can become the target of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services can provide help and advice to seniors and to people who care for the elderly such as a concerned neighbor, a relative, a doctor or clergy member.
In June of 2007, the department launched a community education campaign to focus renewed attention on elder abuse and let residents know that help is available. Flyers in English and Spanish are available for posting in public places to heighten awareness of the issue.
For more information, please call the elder abuse help line, (914) 813-6436, or contact one of the Safe Centers in Westchester County.