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Elder Abuse: Know the warning signs

 

Last updated 6/15/2022 at 3:12pm

Courtesy 4th Judicial District DA's Office

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

Details

• 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

Sessions include:

• Adult Protective Services

• CSPD/sheriff: Mandatory Reporting, Exploitation

• Area Agency on Aging: Caregiver Support

An event on June 17 will have information for seniors and interested community members on the topic of elder abuse.

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.

 

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