June 2013 - Human Options

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What Newtown and Santa Monica Have in Common

By Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO and Cristi Dugger, Safe Options for Seniors Supervisor What common element do these two tragedies share? More than guns, both terrible killings started with elder abuse, domestic violence directed at an older family member. Both began with the shooting of a parent (in Santa Monica a parent and a brother) by a troubled adult child living in their parent’s home. In the Santa Monica case there was a clear history of psychiatric issues. In Newtown there were concerns but no documented history. What we know after twelve years of our unique Safe Options for Seniors program is that seniors living with adult dysfunctional children, especially…

The Sad Reality One in Ten Seniors Experience

By Cristi Dugger, LCSW, Safe Options for Seniors Program I was fortunate to find my passion for elders and victims of abuse early in my career. It happened when I met Lupe, a woman whose own son, his wife and child moved into her home to assist her and then physically, financially, and emotionally abused her until another family member alerted authorities. Like domestic violence and child abuse, elder abuse is most often committed by family members and in the place we all should feel the safest, at home. For the past six years I have had the honor of hearing victims’ stories of tragedy and triumph and thankfully-being a…

Serious Fun Nets Over $300,000 & Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg

Newport Beach, Calif. – It was an evening of “Serious Fun” as Human Options’ Mint Julep themed fundraiser cleared an estimated $305,000 and honored philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy W. Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg with the 2012 Dove Award.  Held on May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort, all event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years. Attendees donned big hats and seer sucker suits that tied into the next day’s Kentucky Derby.  Cocktail hour took place at an expansive poolside silent auction and guests gathered later in the ballroom for gourmet dinner, live auction,…