The Rohnert Park Senior Center has been busy spreading the word about elder abuse awareness. June 15 is recognized annually as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Globally, June is recognized as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. As a visual reminder of the significance of this month, the senior center is flying purple flags on the front lawn to represent each report of elder abuse in Rohnert Park and Cotati since last year. The flags help promotes awareness and prevention of elder abuse.
In 2018, there were 530 reports made in Rohnert Park and Cotati, down from the previous year’s 549 reports. During this awareness month, consider some important actions you can take:
1. Do you have a future plan for yourself or loved ones? Estate planning, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives are helpful tools to facilitate important conversations with those you care for, or who may care for you.
2. Have you thought about others around you? Someone in a class you attend, a neighbor who walks by your house, or a far-away family member you may not have talked to in a while? Reaching out with a genuine ‘how are you doing?’ may help someone in need feel supported and get help if they are having difficulties.
3. Have you built your own community of support? Isolation is a leading contributor to abuse, so building the friendships, social activities and connections that will last now is the perfect antidote for abuse later in life. One way to do this is to join us at the senior center at 6800 Hunter Dr. where we have a variety of activities for seniors to enjoy.
Last month, Senator Dodd presented a Senior Issues Forum at the senior center in which seniors were given information on how to prevent becoming a victim of financial abuse. If you suspect someone is a victim of elder abuse, reports can be made to Sonoma County Adult Protective Services at 565-5940 or the City of Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety at 584-2600.
Garbage rate increase starts in July. Starting July 1, 2019, the rates for garbage service with Recology Sonoma Marin will increase 4.7 percent. Per their contract with the city, Recology is allowed to increase rates each year based on inflation and increased fees at the landfill. For residential customers with 32 gallon carts, your monthly rate will increase $0.92. For residents who would like to save money and are able to generate less waste, contact Recology at Recology.com or (800) 243-0291 to see if you could meet your needs with a smaller cart at a lower rate.