Many times Police and Fire personnel as well as citizens may
come into contact or know of elders in our community who may
benefit from supplemental social services. As we age, some
tasks are difficult if not impossible to accomplish. Some
senior citizens do not have reliable family members and/or friends
who they can turn to in need. Many of these seniors do not
know how to seek help and may be reluctant to ask for help out
of fear that they appear to be weak or vulnerable. Seniors are
very concerned about losing their independence. As a
result, they may deny themselves assistance and needlessly suffer.
Examples of social service needs include; bill paying
services, meals on wheels, light housekeeping, bathing, and
assistance with medications. These are among the
services offered by the
Hillsborough County Agency on Aging.
Utilizing these services can greatly improve
the quality of life that our elder population.
Situations such as self-neglect , abuse, and exploitation of
finances are handled by the appropriate authorities, such as the
Department of Children and Families and the Tampa Police
If you think a senior is in immediate need of help...call
9-1-1! If you feel a senior may be suffering from
self-neglect or exploitation, call the Florida Abuse
Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. YOU MAY REMAIN
ANONYMOUS. If you feel a senior is not in immediate need, but
could benefit from additional social services, call your
Neighborhood Affairs Liaison in your district.