Isolation, though necessary to fight the coronavirus, is the primary tool used by perpetrators of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The need for “checking in” has never been more crucial.
Physical distancing takes away the opportunity for others to question the unusual bruise, the drastic loss of weight, the loss of hope. These are just a few signs that something is wrong and intervention is needed.
Staying connected, while physically distancing, saves lives. Speak up if you feel an older adult is being socially isolated by family, caregiver or stranger, exerting authority to control, not to protect. Learn more on ISOLATION
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Misinformation can be found across social and traditional media. There are some that use a catastrophe such as the coronavirus epidemic for personal gain. Be aware of scams. If it is too good to be true, it probably is. Learn more on Coronavirus Scams
The Ohio Department of Health has the most up-to-date information effecting Ohio’s older adults offering current statistics, prevention measures and coping strategies. Learn more on Ohio’s Response to the Coronavirus
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
OhioHOPES – Helping Ohio Protect and Empower Seniors wants all older adults to live there life with hope, health and safety. This website contains over 2,000 resources across all 88 Ohio counties. Help is waiting. Speak up. Save a life.