"It could be physical abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse," Holdergger says. "It could be neglect -sometimes also self neglect. Sometimes if a senior has outlived a spouse or outlived their children or separated from their children, they just age in place and nobody knows what's going on."
Holderegger says the home has helped 250 seniors opening in 2009.
She says more than half of the abuse cases she's seen were perpetrated by someone close to the victim.
"A caregiver or a loved one moves in supposedly to take care of them. And, they start restricting their diet. They start selling off their belongings and pretty soon everything has been signed over to a grandson or a child. "
The group also helps homeless seniors like John Barnes while they look for housing.
"I'm comfortable here," says Barnes. "Everything's nice. Everybody's nice... It's lovely. Ain't nothing like it."
The Volunteers of America Board of Directors voted to shut down the house when the loss of a major donor left the facility with a $200,000 budget deficit.
Nearly 200 people have already donated to keep the house open. The volunteers have until February 14 to raise $10,000 to close the remaining budget gap.
Holderegger says the safe house is the only she's aware of west of the Mississippi River.
At a UC Davis food lab home cooks learn "Do-It-Yourself" preservation skills using the bounty of local tomatoes.
The city of Stockton will be included in a national study that will examine the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Rotating fire station closures known as "brownouts" in the City of Sacramento have come to an end.
Sacramento has conserved a lot of water, but it's hundreds-of-millions of gallons short of the 20 percent ordered by the Sacramento City Council. We spent a couple of days with Sacramento water cops to see what they're doing to help people conserve.
If you're a backyard gardener and live in Elk Grove, there's a new way to make sure all your extra oranges, zucchini and summer squash doesn't go to waste.
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