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2016 Elder Abuse Prevention conference coming to Alton

ALTON – A local conference will address ways to fight the continuing problem of elderly abuse.

The 3rd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council, Oasis Women’s Center, Senior Services Plus and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office are teaming up to host a free conference on “Elder Abuse Prevention: Protecting Our Community,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Senior Services Plus’s School House Grill , 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton.

The event is open to the public to help heighten community awareness about elder abuse and increase their ability to recognize and report abuse. Attendees will be put in touch with agencies, organizations, and individuals who work closely with the reporting and investigating of abuse while learning how to recognize the many aspects of elder abuse. Speakers will discuss various topics and each will have time to answer questions from attendees.

The National Council on Aging reports that one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elderly abuse while only one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to the authorities.

“I am honored that Senior Services Plus, Inc. is a co-host for this annual event,” says Associate Executive Director Theresa Collins. “We believe that every older American has the right to live free from the fear of abuse, and that we are obligated to enlighten and educate on this critical topic.”

The first portion of the conference will include listening to guest speakers, Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder and Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. The last hour will consist of an expert panel to answer questions from attendees. Representatives from the following agencies will be present: Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association, Adult Protective Services, Felicia Voelkel of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, Laura Kunz of Center Stone, and Theresa Collins of Senior Services Plus. Materials and resources from all participating agencies will be available.

For residents of Marian Heights Apartments and Skyline Towers (both in Alton), shuttle transportation will be provided. To inquire about shuttle service, call (618) 465-3298. For additional information, or to RSVP for this event, contact Senior Services Plus at (618) 465-3298, ext. 146. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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