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Norwalk Offers Education As It Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Norwalk Senior Services Coordinating Council teams up with the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and the Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly, of Jewish Senior Services, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Day on June 15.
The Norwalk Senior Services Coordinating Council teams up with the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and the Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly, of Jewish Senior Services, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Day on June 15. Photo Credit: Pixabay

NORWALK, Conn. -- The public is invited to learn how to prevent and detect elder abuse when the Norwalk Senior Services Coordinating Council teams with the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention and the Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly, of Jewish Senior Services, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 15 in Norwalk.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall and feature how residents can spot elder abuse in its many forms, including physical abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day raises public awareness about violence against older adults. This day, recognized annually on June 15, focuses global, national, and local attention on the problem of mistreatment of older citizens. CAPE has held local observances of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day for the past eight years and is focusing on the town of Norwalk this year by partnering with the Norwalk Senior Center.

“Elder abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere so it is critical we all stay aware and support our older family members, friends and neighbors,” said Erin Burk, community advocate of the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield. “We can prevent it if we know what to look for and where to get help.”

At this year’s WEAAD 2016 event, a variety of agencies will be at Norwalk City Hall to provide safety and prevention tips. Some of the participating agencies include, the Department of Social Services Protective Services for the Elderly, Norwalk Police Department, AARP Connecticut, Better Business Bureau, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event will also focus on the challenges and opportunities presented to us as we age, and bring together older citizens, their caregivers and their communities to exchange ideas about how best to stay safe, independent, healthy and happy.

Concerned citizens can make reports of elder abuse by calling Protective Services for the Elderly on the toll-free referral line at 1-800-385-4225. Call the Center for Elder Abuse Prevention helpline with questions about elder abuse prevention or the event at 203-396-1097.

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