Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults: The Church Reponds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults

Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults: The Church Reponds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults

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Overview

Have you ever thought of older adults in your church as being vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or neglect?

The statistics are sobering. According to the AARP Bulletin, each year 1 in 7 older Americans is victimized physically, emotionally, or financially. But many cases of elder abuse go unreported. Elder abuse can happen to any older person – someone in your church, your neighbor, your loved one, even yourself – and anywhere. No church is immune from this reality. Don’t let your church be part of the problem. In this Safe Sanctuaries resource, Joy Thornburg Melton, an attorney and a minister, offers valuable, practical advice to help churches reduce the possibilities for abuse and exploitation of elders.



Melton provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this excellent resource. She addresses such topics as:



Types of abuse (neglect, physical, sexual, psychological/emotional, financial)

Spiritual abuse and neglect (Dr. Richard Gentzler introduces these topics in the Foreword.)

Indicators of elder abuse

How churches are at risk

How churches can safeguard against abuse and exploitation of older adults

How congregations can care for the spiritual needs of nursing home residents, persons in assisted living facilities, or the homebound

What individuals and churches can to do to prevent financial exploitation of older adults

Best practices for beginning a ministry with and for older adults

Basic procedures for safely operating ministries for older adults

Planning how to respond to allegations of abuse

Much more



Learn how your church can recognize and respond to issues of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of your oldest parishioners. Real care on the part of congregations includes knowledge, advocacy, and appropriate action.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881776133
Publisher: DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCES DIST.CT
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Joy Thornburg Melton, Esquire is ordained in the United Methodist Church and is currently Chief Resource Office for United Methodist Property & Casualty Trust, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to this employment, Melton’s law practice specialized in matters related to sexual abuse and sexual ethics. She is married to David Melton, a Christian educator in the Atlanta area.

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