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Statewide events to Mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th

Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs leads effort to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect with free information events throughout the state

LOUISIANA — In collaboration with the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs and the Elderly Protective Services Program will mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 with a series of free information events around Louisiana organized to inform the public about how to spot and report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders, announced Governor John Bel Edwards.

“When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening,” said the Governor. “Our state must reaffirm our commitment to creating a sturdy structure of support that will benefit us all as we get older.”

The free events, all on Wednesday, June 15, will be held in these areas and provide free information brochures as well as staff counseling about elder abuse issues at the sites:

ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY EVENTS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15

NEW ORLEANS
Gretna Council on Aging
8:30 am to 10 a.m.
476 Franklin Street

BATON ROUGE
Galvez Building Lobby
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
602 N. 5th Street

LAFAYETTE
State Office Building
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
825 Kaliste Saloom

ALEXANDRIA/PINEVILLE
Pineville Senior Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
801 Main Street

DERIDDER/VERNON PARISH AREA
Beauregard Parish Council on Aging
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
104 W. Port Street

LAKE CHARLES
Calcasieu Council on Aging Senior Center
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1530 5th Street

The Elderly Protective Services hotline is (833) 577-6532. Calls are free. Elder abuse is widespread, said GOEA Director Shirley Merrick. Every year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. EPS Director Ebony Thomas-Phillips said on average more than 5000 elder abuse calls come to GOEA/EPS in a year for self-neglect and caregiver neglect of individuals over age 60. Just over 10 percent of all reports are high-priority cases which require immediate intervention.

Released on June 7, 2022

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