Seniors Mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
WHO: Ethos, members of its Protective Services staff and over 25 seniors from the AgeWell West Roxbury program
WHAT: A flash mob; choreographed singing and dancing to The Beatles “When I’m Sixty Four.”
WHERE: Roche Bros. grocery store, 1800 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132.
Refreshments and media opportunity to follow at the Roche Community Center.
WHEN: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Friday, June 15, 2012; 10:00 a.m.
WHY: To raise awareness about elder abuse in Boston and the United States. Each day in Massachusetts, there are 54 reports of suspected elder abuse, according figures reported in 2011 by Mass Home Care, an elder services advocacy group. That’s a 31% increase (20,000) from the previous year, in the number of elder abuse cases in the state.
In Boston alone, there were over 7,000 cases of suspected elder abuse reported from 2008 to 2012, according to Ethos, who is responsible for Protective Services for the city of Boston.
This event is sponsored Ethos, Faulkner Hospital and Roche Bros.
NOTE: This event will be filmed, edited and made available for media by 4:00 p.m. Media who are interested in attending and covering this event, or wish to download the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Flash Mob video should contact Raymond Santos by 5:00 p.m. on June 14 for details.