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June 1, 2018

Boulder County raises awareness about elder abuse, Friday, June 15

Special event is part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Boulder County, Colo. - Elder abuse is not something many people think about, but every year an estimated 5 million older adults experience some sort of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Billions of dollars are lost every year because of abuse that could be used to pay for basic needs for older adults.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place on Friday, June 15. Boulder County along with other local experts will present a special discussion that day with local Justice Systems professionals that highlights elder abuse laws, how they are investigated and prosecuted. The featured speakers are Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson, and Lafayette Detective Kelly Coelho, with remarks by Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty.

What: Spotlighting Elder Abuse Awareness: A discussion with local experts
When: Friday, June 15, 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Dr., Boulder

Elder abuse is a problem that can happen to anyone, and does. It is often underreported with only one out of every 14 cases investigated by authorities. The rate is even less for neglect and financial exploitation. The advancing age of the general population will only compound the problem in the coming years, as the number of people 65 and older will double by the year 2050. People 85 and older will almost triple by then.

This event is free and open to the public. Boulder County agencies that support older adults will host the event and promote services and programs that can provide early intervention for vulnerable adults.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the event, contact Erica Corson, Elder Rights Program Manager with the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, 303-441-1170.

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