ELDER ABUSE: LEARN ABOUT THIS “SILENT CRIME” 10/11/12 FREE SEMINAR BY TUSCON PD EA TASK FORCEby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Oct. 09, 2012, under Press Releases
FREE SEMINAR BY POLICE ELDER ABUSE TASK FORCE ON HOW TO PROTECT AND REPORT
SPONSORED BY SOUTHERN ARIZONA CHAPTER OF ASSISTED LIVING HOMES ASSOCIATION
October 8, 2012 (Tucson, AZ)…Arizona’s population is aging. By 2020, more than 25% of our state’s residents will be over 60 years of age. Sadly, that means that the abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly will continue to rise. Tucson Police Detectives Ericka Stropka and Kathy Cragnes from the Elder Abuse Criminal Investigation Task Force will be speaking on Thursday, October 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Arizona State Veterans Home – Tucson Campus Main Conference Center, 555 Ajo Way, Tucson.
The seminar, presented by the Southern Arizona Chapter of Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association, is free and open to the public. CEUs will be offered for professionals and seating is limited. For more information contact Deb McCarty, Chairperson, 520-260-0078 or Christy Sorbe, Education Chairperson, 520-282-2962. Information and directions to the event are listed at http://aalha.org
Elder abuse today is caused by the same stressors as child and spousal abuse: financial difficulties (largest stats), job stress, family problems, fear, protection of the abuser, social isolation, self-blame and/or denial or an inability to report. In the past decade, it has escalated over 150%…and that’s the reported cases, which statistics indicate are one in every 14 cases. Ninety percent (90%) of abusers are known to the victim and more than two-thirds are relatives. It’s the responsibility of everyone – and those of all generations – to become aware of this silent crime and to do everything possible to both prevent AND report senior abuse and exploitation.
The detectives will speak on subjects such as:
- The legal definition of elderly
- The legal definition of neglect
- Types of abuse and how and when to report
- How to work with Adult Protective Services
- Financial exploitation
- No temporary custody for adults
“When people think of elder abuse, they think of the physical attacks. There is more to learn about how people are being exploited by family members or paid caregivers,” states Deb McCarty, Chairperson of the Southern Arizona Chapter of Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association. “We are pleased to have the detectives share their expertise on various forms of neglect and how to best work with the Tucson Police Department and Adult Protective Services to make sure your loved ones are taken care of.”
This event is sponsored by Amedisys Home Health Care and the Southern Arizona Chapter of Assisted Living Homes Association (AALHA), which is a non-profit, non-competitive organization of assisted living home owners. It is the only organization in Arizona that truly unites assisted living home owners with each other, the government, related vendors and the general public. AALHA functions to guide and protect families by working through association members playing a major role in the elder care industry here in the State of Arizona. For more information visit http://aalha.org/.