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State partners with “Stephen Foster – The Musical” for elder abuse awareness event; Experts, information available at June 14 performance

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 11, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contacts: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


     
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2008) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is partnering with Stephen Foster Productions in Bardstown to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect.

Staff from CHFS’ adult protective services office, part of the Department for Community Based Services, will attend the Saturday, June 14, production of “Stephen Foster – The Musical,” to answer questions and provide information about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Staff will be offering silver elder abuse awareness lapel pins and buttons for a donation to the state’s network of Local Coordinating Council on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs) to support further education and outreach efforts.

“We are excited about our newly formed partnership with Stephen Foster Productions,” Kimberly Baker, elder abuse specialist, said. “It gives us an opportunity to answer questions face-to-face to an audience that may be unfamiliar with elder abuse, the state’s mandatory reporting law and the magnitude of elder abuse cases occurring in Kentucky.”

Baker said CHFS thanks Kendra Hite, director of development with Stephen Foster Productions, for her community outreach efforts and for bringing needed attention to elder abuse awareness.

Information will also be available about the Kentucky Resource Market, a one-stop shop for aging and disability information, programs and services that simplifies the search for assistance in local areas.

Tickets to the June 14 “Stephen Foster – The Musical” are $23 for preferred seating and $18 for standard seating. Admission for children ages 6 to 12 is $10, and children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Senior and group rates are available.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

For more show and ticket information, or to buy tickets online, log on to http://www.stephenfoster.com/musical.htm.

The state’s network of LCCEAs cover 115 counties and provide elder abuse education and outreach at the local and regional levels depending on the needs of the communities. Kentucky has the nation’s only network of such councils, which involve advocates from CHFS, law enforcement, volunteer agencies, businesses and all areas of the community.

Seniors from the Salt River and KIPDA Area Agencies on Aging will attend the performance.

If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, call (800) 752-6200.

To become involved with your community’s LCCEA, contact state LCCEA coordinator Baker at (502) 564-6852 or kimberly.baker@ky.gov.

To learn more about elder abuse prevention, log on to chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.

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Last Updated 6/11/2008