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MONTGOMERY, AL — The Elder Justice Center of Alabama officially opened its doors today, June 15, 2022, in Montevallo. The center is under the direction of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging’s (M4A) nonprofit organization, 4 ALL.
The Elder Justice Center will provide direct support to senior Alabamians who are victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation ¬- those who are at the greatest risk of adult mistreatment. Family caregivers also can receive support. The mission of the center is to mobilize communities to prevent and properly respond to mistreatment of senior adults so they can live with dignity, security, and independence as they age. The center serves seniors from all areas of the state.
Several local and state partners have joined forces to make this new center a reality for Alabama.
“When we come together, we can greatly reduce instances of elder abuse, with our goal being to eradicate it in our state. We are honored to provide support for this first-of-its kind elder abuse shelter in Alabama, which makes our state a national leader in protecting our older adults. I commend all of our partners at M4A for their passion and leadership in bringing this dream to fruition,” said Commissioner Jean Brown of the Alabama Department of Senior Services.
The center will serve as Alabama’s Elder Justice Resource Center and official Elder Justice Training Center for professionals and the public, and it will provide supportive services for victims and family caregivers. It also will serve as an Adult Day Health Center, and eventually will become a Temporary Emergency Elder Shelter.
The opening coincided with a proclamation from Gov. Kay Ivey who declared June 15, 2022, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Alabama. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day offers all Alabamians the opportunity to promote the programs and organizations that serve seniors and their families. The observance also encourages everyone to participate in community efforts to improve the safety and well-being of all people throughout the state.
Each year, an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that elder abuse is significantly under-reported, in part because so many communities lack the social supports to help those who suffer from abuse to report it.
Call the Adult Abuse Hotline at 1-800-458-7214 if you or someone you know is a victim of abuse or to report suspected abuse. All reports are confidential and may be made anonymously.
For more information on the Elder Justice Center of Alabama, contact Robyn James, at 205-670-5770.
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