Elder abuse affects 1 in 10 seniors. Fortunately, the Plough Foundation in Memphis has awarded more than $12 million to fund efforts aimed at stopping this issue. And we are honored to participate in one of these programs, the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA).
During the past 3 years, CREA has become a national model for elder abuse response. Through partnerships with public and private organizations ‒ from area police and fire departments to crisis centers and charitable foundations ‒ it has helped more than 600 abuse victims.
Baptist Memphis is one of many community partners who have contributed to this success. Ferrell Moore, a clinical resource nurse; Melanie Mays, nurse manager of Baptist Memphis’s emergency department; and Laura Brown, a licensed social worker, created a curriculum to help health care workers identify seniors who may be suffering from abuse. Ferrell and Laura won the Georgia Anetzberger Award, which they accepted at the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse in Pasadena, California, for the curriculum.
Their work will help health care providers across the country identify seniors who need to escape dangerous situations. I am so proud of Ferrell, Melanie and Laura for embracing an opportunity to help solve this serious problem. They, like many of you, see the devastating effects of some of our area’s biggest challenges and use their roles as health care leaders to help solve them. Thank you for extending our mission of healing, preaching and teaching to those in our communities who need it most.