Neighborhood SHOPP – SHOPP Safe Elders Outreach Project

SHOPP’s staff of 100 pivoted fromin-person programming to supporting older adults and caregivers through virtualcommunication.

In a two-week span, they went froman organization delivering hundreds of on-site and off-site services andactivities to working remotely while maintaining contact with thousands ofseniors they would normally engage with face-to-face on a daily basis.

They determined quickly the need toengage seniors in virtual activities, wellness, education and other forms ofsupport that promotes social connectedness, awareness, social support andcognitive stimulation as many were beginning to express loneliness, sadness,depression and a sense of emptiness due to their inability to attendprogramming, visit family/friends and engage in normal daily activities.

This was extremely concerning forseniors who may now be home with their abuser during this isolation periodunable to receive respite or support in dealing with their abuser.

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