Press Mentions for the Memphis Area Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA)

Media Contact

Patti Tosti, MBA
Director of CREA Memphis
patti@ProtectOlderAdults.org

CREA Press Mentions

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis

July 7, 2015

Attack, Rape of 81-Year-Old Woman Prompt Community Demands for Senior Safety

Members of the Memphis and Shelby County, Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse or CREA were interviewed by WMC Action News 5 in Memphis, TN. Members shared insights on elder abuse and how to report suspected elder abuse in Tennessee by calling Adult Protective Services at 1-888-APS-TENN.

WREG News Channel 3 - Memphis

June 15, 2015

Leaders gather for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

WREG News Channel 3 interviewed members of the Memphis Area Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) who were advocating for awareness of elder abuse at a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) event in Memphis, TN.

Fox 13 News - WHBQ - Memphis

June 15, 2015

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Fox 13 News interviewed Patti Tosti of the Memphis and Shelby County Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse or CREA, to bring awareness to elder abuse and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Monday 6/15/15.

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis

June 13, 2015

WMCTV Interviews Patti Tosti On The 9:00 a.m. Show

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Patti is the Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA). The discussion centered on bringing awareness to elder abuse in Shelby County and local events honoring World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Monday 6/15/15.

Fox 13 News - WHBQ - Memphis

June 15, 2015

Couple Accused Of Elderly Abuse

Fox 13 News interviewed Patti Tosti of the Memphis and Shelby County Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse or CREA. Patti highlighted CREA, the prevalence of elder abuse in Memphis and Shelby County and how someone can report suspected elder abuse in Tennessee by calling Adult Protective Services at (888) 277-8366, or (888) APS-TENN.

WREG News Channel 3 - Memphis

JUNE 12, 2015

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

An estimated 5 million older Americans are abused in this country, each year.

Monday, June 15, 2015 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and this year, Shelby County has its first coordinated effort to end it.

Patti Tosti, who heads up Coordinated Response For Elder Abuse, stopped by with Belinda Bryan, the Elder Care Coordinator at the Family Safety Center, to discuss elder abuse with News Channel 3.

 

WKNO Channel 10 - Public Broadcasting for the Mid-South

JUNE 11, 2015

A Panel of Guests Discuss The Response To Elder Abuse In The Community

WKNO Public Broadcasting in the Mid-South aired this 30-minute special program on elder abuse. During the program panelists highlight the vulnerability of older adults to elder abuse and discuss who might abuse or neglect an older adult and what community services are available through the Memphis and Shelby County, Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA). Thanks to Cris Hardaway and the contributing CREA team members for this enlightening program.

The Best Times is a half-hour magazine-style series featuring segments on health, finance, technology, lifestyles, and more tailored specifically for WKNO’s viewers aged 50+. Produced and hosted by Cris Hardaway, The Best Times is produced in cooperation with the monthly publication, The Best Times, and is made possible by the generous financial support of The Plough Foundation.

 

Fox 13 News - WHBQ - Memphis

June 8, 2015

Expert Explains Problems With Elder Abuse

Fox News 13 talked to Patti Tosti, Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA), and discussed resources in the Memphis area to help in situations of elder abuse. Services include advocacy, emergency housing, healthcare, legal services and more. To report suspected elder abuse in Tennessee, call Adult Protective Services at 1-888-APS-TENN.

 

ABC Local 24 News - Memphis

June 8, 2015

Memphis Couple Charged In Elder Abuse Case

ABC Local 24 News, Memphis interviewed Patti Tosti, the Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA). Patti shared insights on elder abuse, highlighting that as many as 90% of cases of elder abuse are committed by family members, yet only 1 in 23 cases of elder abuse ever gets reported.

In Tennessee, reporting suspected elder abuse is mandatory of everyone. Your don’t have to prove elder abuse to report it. To report suspected elder abuse in Tennessee, call Adult Protective Services at (888) 277-8366, or (888) APS-TENN.

 

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis

June 5, 2015

Neighbors React To Nuisance House Shut Down

Press conference with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office (Amy Weirich) and Memphis Police Department to shut down a house where an elderly woman was being taken advantage of, as a victim of elder abuse.

WREG News Channel 3 - Memphis

January 27, 2015

Memphis Police Department: Woman Left Mother In Bed For Weeks, Covered In Feces

WREG News Channel 3 – Memphis, interviewed Patti Tosti, the Director of the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA), during a training session with representatives from different organizations in Memphis, who met to work on elder abuse problems facing Memphis and Shelby County. Patti told WREG that Tennessee Adult Protective Services reported that in 2012, there were 600 substantiated cases of elder abuse in Shelby County, but that most cases go unreported.  “There’s a lot of fear, a lot of shame. Ninety percent of the abusers are family members,” Tosti said.

The law in Tennessee obligates everyone in the state of Tennessee to report suspected cases of elder abuse. Anyone with tips should call Adult Protective Services at 1-888-APS-TENN.

 

WREG News Channel 3 - Memphis

January 27, 2015

Operation Safe Community Helps Prevent Elder Abuse

WREG News Channel 3 – Memphis, interviews Patti Tosti, Director of the Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA), and Bonnie Brandi, the Founder and Director of National Clearinghouse on Abuse In Later Life, to discuss how Operation Safe Community is working to prevent elderly abuse.