"To Insure Safety,
Respect, Quality of Life
And Justice for Seniors in Los Angeles"
This public-service web site was created to support the goals of the L.A.
Metro Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) for Consultation on Elders at Risk.
From 1998 to 2000, the multidisciplinary team served the Greater Hollywood
area. In November of 2000, the MDT expanded to include the downtown Los
Angeles area with the
support of the Los Angeles Police Department and Adult Protective Services.
Our goals are those of
|To reduce crime against seniors,|
|To reduce the fear of crime,|
|To improve the quality of life for seniors and their families|
|Through the creation of problem-solving partnerships.|
Our partnership is supported, on a volunteer basis, by the goodwill of
participating agencies. We neither solicit nor
accept funding and it is our policy to respect your privacy. More than 70
agencies participate in our projects.
Problems identified include:
The community is not aware of services available to assist seniors:
|Many seniors do not take advantage of resources which could enhance
their quality of life.|
|Many seniors remain isolated and vulnerable.|
|Neighbors and leaders of homeowner associations are reluctant to get
involved and do not know where to start.|
|Caregivers often have to start from scratch, during a time of
crisis, in their search for resources or their attempts to solve
problems. They may never discover the best resources available to
|Caregivers under stress and without relief may break down and engage
in abusive behavior.|
This Web site attempts to bring information and resources to the
community in response to this problem.
Lack of communication between agencies
In 1997, when the Hollywood MDT was created, there was very little
communication between the major agencies, public and private, responsible
for the welfare and safety of seniors in our community. This issue is no
longer a problem in the Greater Hollywood and L.A. Metro Area. We now strive to establish
similar partnerships citywide. Some private agencies remain
isolated and our outreach is a continuing process.
This Web site features organizations who are willing to work
cooperatively with other agencies to solve problems or create resources
for the benefit of seniors in our community.
Lack of community awareness of
Elder Abuse and Neglect combined with a low expectation that something
will be done about this crime
Criminal Elder Abuse and Neglect goes largely unreported. Experts
estimate that at least 4% of all elders age 65 and over in this country
are abused. Less than one in 5 cases is brought to the attention of
Many community concerns compete for scarce resources. Abused seniors
are silent victims. "Survivors" are not around to tell their
story. Elder Abuse/Neglect crimes are complex and time consuming to
In the absence of a strong voiced concern from the community, these
crimes tend to be considered "low priority" as opposed to
violent and visible street crimes or Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicles.
There is now an increased awareness about this crime and Elder Abuse is
being prosecuted. The Los Angeles District Attorney and the Los Angeles City Attorney
have created specialized Elder Abuse Units.
crime still goes mostly unreported and less than 10% of confirmed cases of
elder abuse reported to law enforcement get prosecuted.
This Web site, through its Get
Involved and Solve
a Problem pages strives to raise community awareness and
L.A. Metro MDT was chosen among thousands to be featured in
the National Crime Prevention Council's (NCPC) new publication
50 Strategies to Prevent
Violent Domestic Crimes. (2002)
About this Web
This Website was
first published in April, 2001. It is our policy to respect your
privacy and we have no commercial affiliation. Since the primary purpose
of the site is community outreach, we chose a ".com"
designation, which will be easier to remember than ".org".
Web Stats: Hits & Visitors
Click on the thumbnails pictures to see them
full size and use your browser's Back button to return to this page.
LA4Seniors had 267,000 hits in January 2002
and 3,500,000 hits during that year.
LA4Seniors had 16,500 visitors in January 2002
and averaged 700 visitors a day during that year.
Update: In December 2004, the site received an average of 905 visitors per day and
16,800 hits per day.
Anne Marie Lardeau, former Co-Chair of the
Elders at Risk Task Force, serves as webmaster
for the site.
We hope you find the site helpful. Please verify the accuracy of
any information or advice you find when using this site and check the
US. We welcome your comments and are grateful for your bringing
any needed corrections to our attention.
Updated on 03/04/2006