Health System Offers Information to Prevent Elder Abuse

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.