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Statewide Conference Aims to Serve Elderly

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June 16, 2014 — One statewide organizaion is working this week to make sure elderly Hoosiers are protected.

The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging (IAAAA) and the Indiana Division of Aging are commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on Tuesday with an inaugural forum of statewide Indiana organizations working to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. The U.S. Administration on Aging supports WEAAD efforts nationally.

“In 2013, more than 5,000 adult Hoosiers became victims of substantiated abuse or neglect, and more than 2,000 cases of financial exploitation were substantiated, putting individuals at grave risk of losing their savings, their means of support, or their ability to pay for necessary future care,” said Yonda Snyder, Indiana Division of Aging Director. “Sadly, it is believed that only one in five cases of adult abuse, neglect or exploitation is ever reported.”

The Indiana forum will take place on Tuesday in Indianapolis at the Indiana Government Center South Conference Center. Representatives from more than 50 state agencies, trade associations, service providers, law enforcement and advocacy groups have been invited to attend.

“Many organizations throughout the state of Indiana are confronted with challenges associated with elder justice issues, or with responding directly to the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adult populations,” said Kristen LaEace, IAAAA’s CEO. “The purpose of this gathering is to gain an improved understanding of how elder justice issues impact all of our organizations, how the organizations can work more collaboratively, and to discuss potential improvements to our collective ability as a state to protect vulnerable Hoosiers.”

The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging represents Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). Serving all 92 Indiana Counties, the AAAs are Indiana’s expert front door to comprehensive long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities of any age and family caregivers.

Source: Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging

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