EverCare, a non-profit organization providing Managed Long-Term Care Plan, Certified Home Health Agency, and Adult Social Day Program services in the Hudson Valley, is planning to host a conference highlighting the 9th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Lights, Camera, Action Against Elder Abuse” will be held on Friday, June 16 at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275.
Conference registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This free conference, which open to the public, is being hosted in conjunction with Friends of Seniors of Dutchess County. Friends of Seniors is a volunteer-based program that provides a basic support system to the Dutchess County older adult community through services such as non-emergency medical transportation, grocery shopping, visiting services, telephone reassurance, respite for primary caregivers, and referrals to other agencies.
In past years, this conference has generated attendance of over 160 community members; this year, it is anticipated that up to 200 community members, elected officials, and professionals will attend. Conference presenters include:
- Keynote speaker Arlene M. Markarian, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office;
- New York State Senator Sue Serino;
- Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro;
- Gerontologist Lawrence Force, PhD; and
- EverCare Chief Medical Officer Mitchell Rubin, M.D.
“As our elderly population increases, elder abuse and other crimes against older persons are also on the rise,” said EverCare President and CEO Sylvia McTigue. “It is critical to know how to recognize elder abuse and how to get help if you’re a victim or you suspect someone you know is being abused.”
“This event is the perfect opportunity to help educate our community and shine a light on the grave issues that plague our elderly population,” McTigue added.
A recent study of elder abuse prevalence in New York State found that 76 out of every 1,000 older New Yorkers were victims of elder abuse in a one-year period. The reported incidence rate is nearly 24 times greater than the number of referred cases. This suggests that many elders are not seeking, or getting, the assistance they need.
All net proceeds from this conference are being donated to the Center for Victim Safety & Support and Grace Smith House, Inc. for use to support education and outreach, as well as to provide direct support to victims of elder abuse.