The Western Michigan University Center for Gerontology is part of the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition, which was formed in 2013—the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention. The Year of Elder Abuse Prevention was developed by the U.S. Administration on Aging to encourage national, state and local organizations to protect seniors and raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. And that's only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as five cases go unreported.
Elder abuse happens, but everyone can act to protect seniors. For more information about elder abuse, please read the following fact sheets:
- 10 Things Anyone Can Do to Protect Seniors
- Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
- How to Answer Those Tough Questions About Elder Abuse
- Protect Yourself From Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
For more information about the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition, please contact:
Judy A. Sivak, Director
Region IIIA Area Agency on Aging
3299 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo MI 49048 USA
Phone (269) 373-5153
Fax (269) 373-5109