June 12, 2006 First World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Scheduled for June 15

The Seminole County State Attorney's Office and a host of agencies will be celebrating the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with an informational fair on Thursday, June 15, at the Lake Mary Senior Center, 911 Wallace Ave., from 1

Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and his office's Elder Services Unit will be joined in the information sharing event by representatives from local law enforcement, Seminole County governmental and social services agencies, and the state Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit as well as the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, the Lake Mary Police Department, and local non-profit groups and municipalities.

Seniors may meet with representatives, pick up brochures and tip sheets on keeping themselves safe, and connect with representatives from the area who have their needs as a priority. Snacks will also be provided.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is open to everyone who shares a concern and care for seniors, including the seniors themselves. Organizers encourage participants to wear something purple in support of the efforts to prevent elder abuse.

The following agencies are among those who are taking part in the informational fair: Seminole County State Attorney's Office, Elder Services Unit; Seminole County Sheriff's Office; Lake Mary Police Department; Senior Resource Alliance Project; "Operation SHINE"; the state Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit; the Center for Drug Free Living, Meals on Wheels, and TRIAD of Seminole County.

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