The Coon Rapids Police Department has partnered with the Alexandra House, the Anoka County Attorney's Office, Anoka County Adult Protection, local community partners and the rest of the law enforcement agencies in Anoka County on a grant to combat abuse of the elderly.
The Mission and purpose of the grant is to create a collaborative approach to provide services for older adults to protect their safety and quality of life ensuring the golden years are truly golden.
The guiding principles of the grant are:
1) Focus on systems review and change
2) Enhance victim safety
3) Improve offender accountability
4) Work collaboratively
Protect the Abuser
Adult children and caregivers are often the abusers and because of the guilt and shame in being abused by one's own child or by a trusted caregiver, the abuse is not reported.
An isolated older victim may not know where or how to seek help. Elders often live alone or with family members and do not interact with others in the community. Abuses may even refuse to give or transport the elderly to appointments , faith services or social gathreings.
Many victims do not seek help because they either blame themselves for the abuse or they tolerate and accept the abuse.
Inability to Report
Mental impairments: Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may cause memory loss and impair the ability to communicate effectively.
Physical impairments may affect the victim's ability to get to the phone or leave the home to report abuse or a stroke may affect their ability to communicate.
Report any suspected abuse to the Coon Rapids Police Department by calling 9-1-1, or the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at 844-880-1574. Help us protect the elderly and give them the honor and respect they deserve.