Elder abuse happens every day when older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited by others. No one likes to talk about it, but all too often it happens and most times it goes unreported. Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. With such a complex issue, there is only one way we can address it: United together.  Flyers attached: June 14 FLYER

Petaluma People Services Center, Senior Advocacy Services, Molland Law, Homewatch Care Givers and the City of Petaluma Senior Center have united to form Petaluma Partners in Prevention, P3. In honor of world elder abuse awareness day and recognizing that it takes one person and one action we will be bring together professionals for an afternoon of information and resources to aid and empower all ages and all stages. The event “a little help from our friends”, will be held on June 14, 2015 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Petaluma Community Center, 3201 N. McDowell Blvd South.

The day aims to focus local attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an aging population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies.

“When the four of us got together to discuss this on-going issue that we see in Petaluma, it became apparent that we all need help from each other to continue to fight to end elder abuse”, Elece Hempel, Executive Director of PPSC shared. “It was clear that we could pool our talents and help to build awareness and help to answer questions about this ongoing issue”, Hempel said.

Aging is challenging – this free event will be a chance for you to bring your questions and learn from experts. We encourage all ages to attend. Local resources will be available covering all aspects of the aging process. There will be expert panels on Financial Fraud and Medical professional. You will also have an opportunity to learn more by visiting our exhibits.

Abuse takes many forms. There are some signs that may point to abuse including untreated injuries, sprains or dislocations, scratches and cuts; sudden change in behavior or withdrawal in social settings; a caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors; dehydration, malnutrition, poor personal hygiene, untreated health problems, hazardous or unsafe living conditions; sudden changes in bank account or banking practices, the inclusion of additional names on the person’s bank signature card, unauthorized withdrawal of funds using the person’s ATM or credit card, and abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents.

For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities contact PPSC at admin@petalumapeople.org or visit our Facebook page: Petaluma Partners in Prevention.