A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

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A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

Patrick Arbore, left, talks to Corazon Leano as he conducts an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. Nursing homes, senior centers and other places older adults gather are confronting a problem long thought the domain of the young: Bullying.
Sara Dhamija, right, listens to a teacher during an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.
Signs promote a bully-free environment at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. After problems at the facility, all staff members received 18 hours of training that included lessons on what constitutes bullying, causes of the problem and how to manage such conflicts. Seniors were then invited to similar classes teaching them to alert staff or intervene themselves if they witness bullying.
A questionnaire from an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. There is far less recognition of bullying as a problem among seniors compared with young people. Even among those who have been called bullies, many are unaware how problematic their behavior is until it’s labeled.

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

Patrick Arbore, left, talks to Corazon Leano as he conducts an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. Nursing homes, senior centers and other places older adults gather are confronting a problem long thought the domain of the young: Bullying.
Sara Dhamija, right, listens to a teacher during an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of the young.
Signs promote a bully-free environment at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. After problems at the facility, all staff members received 18 hours of training that included lessons on what constitutes bullying, causes of the problem and how to manage such conflicts. Seniors were then invited to similar classes teaching them to alert staff or intervene themselves if they witness bullying.
A questionnaire from an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. There is far less recognition of bullying as a problem among seniors compared with young people. Even among those who have been called bullies, many are unaware how problematic their behavior is until it’s labeled.

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

Two women talk in front of anti-bullying signs at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. After problems at the facility, all staff members received 18 hours of training that included lessons on what constitutes bullying, causes of the problem and how to manage such conflicts. Seniors were then invited to similar classes teaching them to alert staff or intervene themselves if they witness bullying. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

Volunteer program manager Kathy Blando, right, talks to students during an anti-bullying class at the On Lok 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco. After problems at the facility, all staff members received 18 hours of training that included lessons on what constitutes bullying, causes of the problem and how to manage such conflicts. Seniors were then invited to similar classes teaching them to alert staff or intervene themselves if they witness bullying.
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