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May is Older Americans Month!

We invite you to join the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and others in honoring and celebrating the lives, strengths, contributions, and accomplishments of older Americans during Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.

This year’s theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

Find materials, resources, and additional information by visiting ACL’s OAM webpage: https://oam.acl.gov/.

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Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged communities to extend their vision of crime victims’ rights and services to reach every victim of crime. The 2017 theme— Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

Find campaign materials, artwork, crime and victimization fact sheets, and more by visiting https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2017/

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), first observed nationally in April 2001, is a month-long effort to end sexual violence. In April, survivors, advocates, and allies engage the greater community in awareness and prevention efforts. We invite you to explore these SAAM resources:

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Next Avenue Health & Caregiving Editor, Emily Gurnon, recently published the article, "How to Detect and Respond to Elder Abuse." This piece features NCALL Director, Bonnie Brandl, whom Gurnon saw lead a workshop at last week's American Society on Aging annual conference in Chicago. You can read the article in its entirety by following this link.  

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NCALL National Resource Directory CoverNCALL’s National Abuse in Later Life Directory lists local programs designed to work with older victims of abuse, especially those who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. State and national resources have also been included in the directory to help direct older adults, family, and friends to services and additional resources in their area. If you would like to look for services for victims in your local area, please click here.

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In 2016, NCALL created the Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocatesreport. This summary report describes seven guiding principles with minimum guidelines and practical strategies for advocates and programs to consider when creating or enhancing their services to better meet the needs of older survivors. Hyperlinks to 34 video segments of experts discussing key content are interspersed throughout the document. To download this resource with captioned videos, please click here. To download this resource with visually described videos, please click here.

 

 

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