Elder abuse awareness will be topic of panel discussion

My Sisters’ Place, the Siletz CARE Program and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, along with other community partners on aging, are commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by hosting a panel discussion on elder abuse from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the Center for Health Education in Newport.  

Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the U.S. alone, a trend that will continue for nearly the next 20 years, and there will soon be more elderly people in the U.S. than ever before. At the same time this population is growing, there are also more elders facing abusive conditions.

Every year, an estimated 5 million (one in 10) older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.  

Lisa Norton, executive director at My Sisters’ Place, said there is a lot that people can do to end elder abuse in the local community.   “One person can take action to protect their loved ones,” said Norton. “They can make a report on suspicious activity they witness at their business. They can call to check up on friends or family. They can reach out to community resources to protect themselves. Every time one person acts to end elder abuse, we become closer, as a community, to ending elder abuse in Lincoln County altogether.”  

The June 15 panel discussion will include: Nancy Bugea Oswald, an Adult Protective Services investigator; Joseph Allison, Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney; Tracey Cummings, lead advocate at My Sisters’ Place; and a local banking specialist who will explain how elders and their loved ones can prevent financial abuse and exploitation.

The evening will include a question-and-answer session, and other information and resources will be available.  

The Center for Health Education is located at 740 SW Ninth St., Newport.

Newport News Times, June 8, 2016, Page B2

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