Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other loved ones are a valuable
resource for family memories and history; yet, too often, they are also
the victims of physical, psychological or other forms of elder abuse and
neglect. In an effort to create awareness and address this issue, Southeast
Georgia Health System Senior Care Center-Brunswick invites the community
to attend a free informative lecture on Elder Abuse identification and
reporting. The event, presented by Shirley Williamson, local Long Term
Care Ombudsman, will take place on Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, from 3 –
4 p.m. in the Senior Care Center’s main dining room.
The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study of 1998 found that more than 500,000
people age 60+ were victims of abuse, and predicts an estimated 84 percent
of such incidents were not reported to the authorities. Given the significance
of underreporting, the Senate Special Committee on Aging estimated that
as many as 5 million older Americans could be victims of abuse, neglect,
and/or exploitation every year.
The presentation is free and available to the community and Senior Care
Center residents, family members and friends; however, seats are limited
and registration is encouraged. For more information, or to reserve a
seat, please call 912-466-2144.