FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2005) – Proceeds from a weekend concert in Richmond will benefit a group that protects senior citizens and vulnerable adults as part of Elder Abuse Prevention Month.
Music Fest ’05 is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at Irvine-McDowell Park in Richmond. The park is at 345 Lancaster Ave.
Sponsored by the CEMP (Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell) Council, the event will feature food, games and a variety of music, including country, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. The CEMP Council – a Local Coordinating Council on Elder Abuse (LCCEA) – is composed of activists from the four central Kentucky counties.
In the event of rain, the outdoor concert will be rescheduled. Guests should bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event only. Funds will go toward providing emergency shelter for the homeless. The service gives temporary residence to exploited elderly and vulnerable adults, including domestic violence victims.
The state’s 30 LCCEAs came under joint leadership of the Area Agencies on Aging and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Adult Protective Services staff in 2002. 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.
Elder abuse has been in the spotlight recently. In March, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed into law legislation to protect Kentucky’s senior citizens from elder abuse. Governor Fletcher’s efforts were supported by AARP, which had pushed for several years for the adoption of an elder abuse law in Kentucky. The LCCEAs have an important role in the law’s implementation.
For more information about the event, call Debbie Brown, chairwoman of the CEMP Council’s Alternative Housing Subcommittee, at (859) 625-3129.
For more information about elder abuse prevention, log onto http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.
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