Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Joins Fight Against Elder Abuse
Posted in Elder Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Neglect on July 11, 2013
Hats off to members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority for working to prevent nursing home abuse in Kentucky and nationally.
The Zeta Elder Care Initiative was launched in June at Zeta Phi Beta chapters in colleges across the country.
“One of the needs … no, rights … of our older adults is to age with dignity and live free of violence and abuse,” writes Zeta Phi Beta International President Mary Breaux Wright in an online news release. “The latest research indicates one in 10 older adults are abused annually in our country. Older adults who have worked hard their entire lives, who have raised children, who have fought for their country, who have done so much for our nation should not have to live under the specter of abuse.”
As part of the Elder Care Initiative, Zeta sorority members are partnering with the Ageless Alliance to raise awareness of elder abuse. They are holding classes, distributing educational material and reaching out to potential victims of abuse.
Members will also travel to Washington, D.C. on September 18-19 for “Zeta Day on the Hill,” where they will talk to members of Congress about elder abuse, raising awareness and prevention.
Zeta Phi Beta is an international sorority of predominantly African American women that was founded in 1920. Community service is one of the group’s core ideals.
“We plan for college, career, marriage and other things we deem vital in our lives as we age and progress,” writes T. Diane Surgeon, who is helping to implement the Zeta Elder Abuse Initiative nationwide, in the New Journal and Guide Online. “But we do not prepare for long term care once we retire. Most of us, if we own one, want to stay in our homes, but what if you can’t afford or are physically unable to do so safely with a good quality of life.”
A qualified Kentucky nursing home neglect lawyer can suggest other ways you can help fight elder abuse.
- The Ageless Alliance
- New Journal and Guide Online