With Baby Boomers aging and experiencing longer life spans, the number of Ohio residents 65 and older is increasing at a rate of nearly 8 percent according to a study by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. Many challenges come with the changing senior population including the elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Last year in Montgomery County, Adult Protective Services investigated 928 reports of abuse, compared to 752 in 2010, representing a 23.4 percent increase.
Elder abuse will be the topic of a symposium for area professionals on June 1, sponsored by CareSource, Maria Joseph, the Area Agency on Aging and Montgomery County. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Larry Lawhorne, chair of the department of Geriatrics at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University.
“This symposium is designed to educate community organizations on this growing concern, as well as highlight the importance of community collaboration to address the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation,” said County Commissioner Judy Dodge.
June 15 is designated Elder Abuse Awareness Day and everyone is urged to wear purple to raise awareness. Four community education events will be held that day at the Vandalia Senior Center, 21 Tionda Dr. South, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.; Wesley Center, 3730 Delphos Ave., from Noon until 2:00 p.m.; Twin Towers Place, 250 Allen St., from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and The Terraces, 150 W. Dorothy Lane, from Noon to 2:00 p.m.
If you suspect abuse, neglect, self-neglect and exploitation of a person over the age of 60, please call Adult Protective Services at 225-4906.
Area Agency on Aging, PSA-2