Elder Abuse: Know the warning signs
Last updated 6/15/2022 at 3:12pm
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. It is an opportunity to shine a light on the problems of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. An event June 17 will give seniors and community members knowledge and tools to prevent abuse and neglect.
Keynote speaker Dr. Sheri Gibson will present on Building Strong Supports for our aging population. Multiple agencies and entities will be on hand to share information and tools. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is scheduled to recognize the event, and at lunch, there will be the presentation of the Award for Advocacy for the prevention of elder abuse
• WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, June 17
• WHERE: Area Agency on Aging, 14 South Chestnut St., Colorado Springs
• RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a FREE lunch
• Adult Protective Services
• CSPD/sheriff: Mandatory Reporting, Exploitation
• Area Agency on Aging: Caregiver Support
El Paso County Department of Human Services, Silver Key and others in the Pikes Peak Elder Abuse Coalition (PPEAC) work collaboratively year-round to help protect a vulnerable segment of the population. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation inflicted on vulnerable senior citizens is an ever-increasing problem that crosses all socio-economic boundaries. Agencies and nonprofits in the region want to make sure everyone has the knowledge to help seniors and at-risk adults who may need help.
In 2021, there were about 3,300 reports to El Paso County Adult Protective Services, which is a decrease from the year before the pandemic. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation inflicted on vulnerable senior citizens are ever-increasing problems that cross all socio-economic boundaries.
El Paso County Department of Human Services can field a staff member in Adult Protection Services to speak about abuse and neglect; please contact Kristina Iodice at 719-235-8478 or [email protected] to schedule.
The Pikes Peak Elder Justice Center seeks to prevent and eliminate elder abuse in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. Executive Director Mayling Rodriguez may be contacted at [email protected] or (719) 922-0569.