Free community event to increase awareness of elder abuse

Take part in the June 11 seminar and information hall

June 5, 2014 -- According to the U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA), every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation.

On Wednesday, June 11, the 2014 Cabarrus County World Elder Abuse Awareness Event will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at CMC-NorthEast Medical Center’s Hamrick Theater and Roper Commons. This free event is planned and hosted by the Cabarrus County Task Force to Prevent Abuse of Elderly and Disabled Persons.

Diane Sandell, author of "Ending Elder Abuse: a Family Guide" will speak about the abuse her parent suffered and how she addressed it. Other speakers represent Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Hospice and Palliative Care, Cabarrus County law enforcement, Cabarrus County District Attorney, Cabarrus County Adult Protective Services and the Alzheimer’s Association. Ron Ferrell of the Concord Police Department will emcee the event.  

In addition to the presentations, attendees can receive information at resource tables staffed by professionals from non-profit and commercial organizations that play a vital role in detecting, stopping and preventing abuse. The public is encouraged to stop by for part of the event or stay all day to ask questions and learn about elder abuse. 

The event is geared toward older adults, their families and the professionals who work with them. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties are expected to see explosive population growth in coming decades, with high percentages of older adults living in the area. As this demographic expands, it's important for the community to become aware of signs of and solutions for elder abuse.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day occurs each year in June to raise awareness about this widespread issue.  Everyone can play a role in prevention of abuse and exploitation. The Concord event is part of an international collection of events planned across our nation and throughout the world to raise awareness and help communities learn how to combat this issue.

Registration is not required. For more information, email or call 704-348-2739.