FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2005) – May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month, and Central Kentucky residents who want to learn more about keeping senior citizens safe can meet experts on the subject next week.
Governor Ernie Fletcher recently signed into law legislation to protect Kentucky’s senior citizens from elder abuse. Governor Fletcher’s efforts were supported by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who had pushed for several years for the adoption of an elder abuse law in Kentucky.
“Governor Ernie Fletcher is committed to protecting Kentucky’s senior citizens from physical and mental abuse, exploitation and neglect,” said James W. Holsinger, Jr., M.D., secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “The Governor and I believe we can best prevent harm to seniors in partnership with other agencies and advocates at the local level through educational outreach efforts like this symposium.”
The CEMP Council is sponsoring its annual symposium on elder abuse awareness and vulnerable adult maltreatment prevention on Thursday, May 12.
The afternoon event will be at McCready Manor, 300 Stocker Drive, Richmond. It begins at 1 p.m., and includes lunch, a lineup of experts speaking on elder abuse and an array of informational exhibits.
The CEMP Council – a Local Coordinating Council on Elder Abuse (LCCEA) – is composed of activists from Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties.
Scheduled speakers include Judge Brandy O. Brown, district judge for Clark and Madison counties; Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Jefferson; David Godfrey, managing attorney for the Access to Justice Foundation and Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians; cabinet Secretary Holsinger; and Eugene Foster, Ed.D., the cabinet’s undersecretary for Children and Family Services. Topics will include living wills, the state’s new elder maltreatment prevention law and the typical profiles of abuse victims and perpetrators.
More than 100 people are expected at the event. Nurses who attend will receive continuing education units.
The state’s 29 LCCEAs began forming in 2002 under joint leadership of the Area Agencies on Aging and the cabinet’s Adult Protective Services staff. Members include cabinet staff, law enforcement officers, business leaders, healthcare providers and advocates for the elderly.
Councils also monitor and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of services and protection in their communities and coordinate the services of local groups that work with elder victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
For information about the conference or to register, call Tanda Dannelly of the Madison County Department for Community Based Services office at (859) 623-1204 from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6.
Community agencies interested in renting booth space should contact Mitzi Foster at (859) 333-9033, or Vanessa Hines at (859) 333-9714.
For more information about elder abuse prevention, log onto http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.
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