Task Force

ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or “trusted others.”

In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Despite legislatures in all 50 states having passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws, it is grossly underreported with estimates of 1 in 14 cases reported to authorities.

The Elder Abuse Task Force convened in July 2013 to develop an understanding of the trends and plans for strengthening elder abuse prevention efforts in Fort Worth.

 

ELDER ABUSE MISSION AND GOAL STATEMENTS

The what:

The mission of the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition Elder Abuse Task Force is to gather and share information and resources related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The why:

Our vision is a community without elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The how:

In pursuance of our mission and vision, we strive towards accomplishing the following goals:

Foster collaboration between community stakeholders in and around Fort Worth, TX who have an interest in elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Make timely, accurate and meaningful information about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation available to older adults, their caregivers, and any organization that provides services to, or advocates for, older adults and their caregivers living in and around Fort Worth, TX.

Track and critically examine local, state, and federal legislation that is likely to affect the occurrence of, or outcomes associated with, elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in and around Fort Worth, TX.

Legislative Priorities and Older Adults

86th TX State Legislative Session from 2019 - Impact on Older Adults

The Senior Source in Dallas, Texas, strives to follow and produce a listing of legislation potentially affecting Older Adults.  To view the entire text of an individual bill, go to Texas Legislature Online, www.capitol.state.tx.us, or call the office of your state representative or state senator.

86th TX State Legislative Session from 2019 - Impact on Older Adults

The Senior Source in Dallas, Texas, strives to follow and produce a listing of legislation potentially affecting Older Adults.  To view the entire text of an individual bill, go to Texas Legislature Online, www.capitol.state.tx.us, or call the office of your state representative or state senator.

AARP Texas serves as a state and local level nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. 

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature strives to promote good government for all Texans by directly involving Senior citizens in the legislative process. TSHL provides a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate of Senior issues, advocacy training and an avenue through which older citizens may serve as a resource to both public and private sectors. 

Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition (TSAC) develop and actively support public policy to protect and enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families.

NEWS AND RESOURCES

REPORT ELDER ABUSE

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a central place to report abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities living at home and abuse of adults and children who live in state facilities or are being helped by programs for people with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.

These are run by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) or Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Texas law says anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to DFPS.

A person who reports abuse in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability. DFPS keeps the name of the person making the report confidential. Anyone who does not report suspected abuse can be held liable for a misdemeanor or felony.

ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION KIT

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has developed and makes freely available resources for the prevention of adult abuse and exploitation. You may also visit: www.everyonesbusiness.org 

FrameWorks Academy: Reframing the Conversation on Elder Abuse

Free course and resources to provide advocates working on the issue of elder abuse with a comprehensive communcations strategy to improve public understanding and support for policy solutions that address and prevent elder abuse. 

Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation Conference White Paper - 2018

Below is a link to a downloadable PDF of the conference white paper. Thank you to all who helped put it together!

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Participants

Below is a link to a downloadable PDF with all the pictures from the partners and participants for WEAAD!

Thanks to all who participated!

TASK FORCE MEMBERS

SLACK WORKSPACE

The task force is currently trialing Slack.com as a means to keep task force members up to date and connected in between monthly meetings. Members may use the link below to sign up for the site and request access for viewing documents and sharing information.