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Promoting elder abuse awareness in Placer County

June 20, 2016

Did you know that elders in our community comprise 25 percent of our population? Some are not able to care for themselves either physically or financially and unfortunately this makes them vulnerable, especially when they depend on those who are causing the abuse.

Earlier this month, the Placer County Board of Supervisors declared June 2016 as Placer County Elder Abuse Awareness Month, drawing attention to the 3,500 reports of elder abuse in our county last year.

Placer County Adult Protective Services is working with the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging to join people around the world during World Elder Abuse Awareness Month to bring awareness about elder and dependent adult abuse.

Adult Protective Services is partnering with the District Attorney’s Office, Older Adult Advisory Commission and several community partners to host a community awareness event, Protect-Prevent-Promote Elder Abuse Awareness, for the public to learn more about different types of abuse, red flags and available community resources.

The event will be held Tuesday, June 21, at the Auburn Library Amphitheatre, 350 Nevada Street in Auburn, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Older Adult Advisory Commission Chair Eldon Luce, Assistant District Attorney Shannon Quigley and Adult System of Care Older Adult Services Manager Cyndy Bigbee will also be on hand to welcome attendees to the event.

The goal is to increase awareness of the types of abuse, how to report abuse and community services that work to prevent elder abuse and support independent living for older adults.

More information on elder abuse prevention can be found here

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