Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has joined forces with The Center for Active Living (Plymouth COA), the Plymouth Networking Group for Senior Services (PNG), and Plymouth C.A.R.E.S to “March Against Elder Abuse” on Thursday June 23, 2016. The event will be held rain or shine.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15, 2016, and in an effort to raise awareness of elder abuse, OCES, The Plymouth Center for Active Living, the PNG, and Plymouth C.A.R.E.S have organized a march.
Marchers will meet at the Center for Active Living, 44 Nook Road in Plymouth, at 11:15 for transportation, if needed. The march will begin at 12 noon at the Plymouth waterfront at the new pavilion adjacent to Plymouth Rock on Water Street. Marchers will then be transported back to the Center for a 1 pm awareness event, including speakers and lunch.
OCES also encourages supporters to wear purple on June 23rd to show awareness. Free T-shirts will be distributed at the waterfront, while supplies last.
To reserve your seat, RSVP to Krista-Jean Forand at OCES, 508-584-1561 x 302 or to the Center at 508-830-4230 by June 16th.
Elder abuse includes financial exploitation, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and neglect. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, family members (spouses, adult children, partners and others) comprise the majority of abusers. Additionally, research indicates that individuals with dementia are at even greater risk for elder abuse.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director at OCES. “We CAN make a difference and encourage the community to join our ‘March Against Elder Abuse’ on June 23rd in Plymouth.”
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency has 235 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.