In 2008, a group of concerned professionals and citizens in coastal Georgia formed the Coastal Alliance for the Protection of Elders (CAPE) and launched a campaign to prevent the mistreatment of older adults. Coming from different walks of life, backgrounds and professions, the membership of CAPE is united in a commitment to inform the public about elder abuse, share prevention strategies and provide victims with resources that can assist them with recovery and future protection. Our Mission is to stop elder abuse by linking resources and promoting awareness, education and advocacy.
Shrouded in Silence, Growing in Numbers.
The increase of abuse, exploitation and neglect of our elders is a serious problem throughout the nation. As the "baby boomer" generation ages, the vulnerable senior adult category has expanded considerably. Many factors, including declining health, isolation and the presence of assets acquired over a lifetime of work, make elders targets for abuse.
Family members commit more than 84% of elder abuse, with adult children (47.3%) and spouses (19.3%) as the most frequent perpetrators. It is estimated that only about one in 14 incidents of abuse in the home, and one in 25 incidents of financial exploitation, are reported per year.* Many seniors fail to report abuse because of shame, fear of retaliation from their abusers, or lack of opportunity to communicate with others outside the home.
Glynn County, Georgia, has a zero tolerance policy for elder abuse of any kind.
Knowing the warning signs and where to turn for help can preserve the independence, assets, health and dignity of seniors.
The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 1998. Visit The National Center on Elder Abuse(NCEA)
Forms of abuse and neglect:
Physical Abuse: Using physical force to coerce or inflict bodily harm, discomfort, pain or injury.
Emotional Abuse: Includes harassment, insults, intimidation or threats.
Sexual Abuse: Any kind of sexual behavior directed toward an elder without full knowledge or consent.
Neglect: Failure to provide food, medicine or care.
Financial Exploitation and Abuse: Occurs when a person uses the economic resources of an elder, including money, property or benefits such as Medicare or Social Security, for their own benefit.
On June 14, 2013, the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia’s Area Agency on Aging along with the Coastal Alliance for the Protection of Elders (CAPE) celebrated community senior citizens by presenting the second annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walkathon: “Let’s Stomp-Out Elder Abuse!” at the Glynn Place Mall in Brunswick, GA.