Senior Awareness Month in Montgomery County
Seniors, social workers, and family members are invited to participate at the fifth annual World Elder Abuse Day Senior Safety Forum on June 10 at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton.
According to a news release, elderly abuse is a growing both nationally and in Montgomery County. Data from a recent research shows that one in 10 older Americans is abused each year and that for every case reported there are approximately 23 that go unreported. The research also found that only one in 44 cases of financial abuse is reported.
A recent estimation discovered that elder victims of financial exploitation lost $2.9 billion in one year. In Montgomery County the 60+ population exceeds 175,950 or about 18.1 percent of the County’s total population of over one million and is increasing faster than the total population, still according to a news release.
The event is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. with a media conference about the “Red Flags of Abuse” and the programs and services offered by the county.
Speakers include Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, county council members, Police Chief Tom Manger, Director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services Uma Ahluwalia, and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging Rona Kramer are scheduled to attend. National Elder Justice Leader Bill Benson will deliver the keynote address.
Holiday Park Senior Center is located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton.