Timothy Cardinal Dolan Visits Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Celebrates Mass, Tours Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and Meets Victims of Elder Abuse

Dec 03, 2015, 14:06 ET from The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

RIVERDALE, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his first visit to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, celebrated Mass with Catholic residents of the Hebrew Home, meeting and greeting residents of all faiths during his visit.

Cardinal Dolan spent time at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the nation's first elder abuse shelter, located on the Hebrew Home's campus, talking with its team about the prevalence of elder abuse in New York City, and effective ways to detect and prevent it.

Ten percent of older adults nationwide are victims of elder abuse, according to a recent study. And that number could be greater, given that it is widely underreported.  For every one case of elder abuse, another twenty-three are unreported.

"Community partnerships are key to educating and ultimately preventing elder abuse in our City," said Daniel Reingold, President and CEO of RiverSpring Health, which operates the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.  "Following successful collaborations with the 32BJ Union, local bank branch managers and City Meals on Wheels, New York City's clergy can be an effective community partner to create public awareness and help end this growing epidemic.  We appreciate Cardinal Dolan's compassion and vision, and look forward to collaborating with him and the Archdiocese," he added.

About the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention
The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention is the nation's first comprehensive regional elder abuse shelter, serving eligible seniors who are 60-years and older. Since opening its doors in 2005, the Weinberg Center has provided 80,000 days of shelter to elder abuse victims.  A unique model based within an existing long-term care facility, The Weinberg Center offers victims a full range of healthcare and supportive services including an emergency residential shelter and a coordinated system of care that provides a safe harbor, emotional support, psychological counseling, healthcare, legal advocacy and representation for victims of elder abuse.

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SOURCE The Hebrew Home at Riverdale