Center for Elder Abuse Prevention

According to a study from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA), “Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing crimes in Michigan impacting an estimated 90,000 older adults each year at significant financial and human cost to citizens and service systems."

National data reveals that less than 1 in 10 cases is brought to the attention of authorities, with this statistic increasing to as high as 1 in 25 for financial exploitation cases. Recent studies reveal an even more frightening reality for vulnerable adults with disabilities or cognitive deficits – almost half report being victimized.  JSL is committed to increasing awareness and prevention of this crisis.

In an effort toward eradicating elder abuse, JSL created the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in 2015. This local program seeks to empower victims of elder abuse through safe-haven and services, and to champion a safer Michigan for older adults. In partnership with Jewish Family Service, The Center consists of three major components: intervention, collaboration and prevention.

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Scope of Work 

Outreach and Education

The Center raises awareness and provides education about elder abuse through outreach to older adults and their caregivers, as well as health professionals in the community. Prevention of elder abuse depends on this critical outreach. We also partner with many local agencies to build a strong and effective response. Working in partnership with Jewish Family Service, education on the topic of elder abuse is offered to local organizations and at community events.

Intake and Triage

Calls are accepted by the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention’s centralized hotline located at Jewish Family Service (248-592-2335) and are answered Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All appropriate reporting is made to Adult Protective Services (APS), as required. The Center does not investigate any cases of abuse, and refers to APS, as appropriate. Referrals are given, if needed.

People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

Types of Elder Abuse

Physical abuse – use of force, harm or physical injury
Emotional abuse – mistreatment that affects emotional or mental health, including intimidation, threats, harassment, belittlement or isolation.
Sexual abuse – sexual contact without consent.
Neglect – failure to provide a dependent senior with basic necessities.
Financial abuse – misuse of the older adult’s money, personal property or resources.

Victims and their advocates can call (248) 592-2335. 

If you or someone else is in active danger, please call Adult Protective Services at (855) 444-3911 or call 911.