This story from Bobbie Sackman of New York, New York, is part of the Elder Justice Campaign – a national campaign to break the silence on elder abuse and pass the Elder Justice Act.
Based on her professional experience, Bobbie Sackman knows that elder abuse often happens behind the closed doors of family. She believes that it is time to stand and do something to protect the people who built this country. To members of the Congress she says: “If you love your grandparents, pass this Act”.
Bobbie is the Director of Public Policy at the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York. She works to ensure that the elderly of New York City receive quality services such as daily meals, home care, case management, legal services, recreational and social activities, transportation, escort and shopping services, counseling, benefit assistance and community outreach.
Bobbie shares this story because there is a silent crisis that affects every community in America: Elder abuse. Each year an estimated 5 million of America’s older adults are beaten, ignored or financially exploited. Yet, as a country, we remain silent about this growing crisis.
To begin to address this problem, Congress has an immediate opportunity to pass federal legislation that will provide a foundation from which we can begin to protect our country’s elders — the Elder Justice Act. But we cannot do this without your help. Please help us break the silence by adding your voice to the national campaign and urge Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act now!
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