Albany program looks at how to prevent elder abuse

June 13, 2019 07:48 PM

ALBANY - Sunday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. So LifePath, former Senior Services of Albany, held a program aimed at helping us all spot and prevent this underreported and growing problem.

NewsChannel 13’s Benita Zahn moderated a great panel that shared pointers on guardianship, protecting our loved ones and what we as a community can do to prevent elder abuse.

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The Spectrum Theatre in Albany was packed with folks who wanted to learn more about this topic.

Elder abuse takes many forms - from financial exploitation to neglect, emotional, physical even sexual abuse.  It costs society upwards of $3 billion, and the problem is growing along with our aging population.  However, the experts at the event are clear: if we are alert, we can prevent this abuse and reporting to Social Services can be done anonymously.

"Maybe linking these vulnerable adults to outside resources, senior centers, day programs, getting these folks out of their homes so they're not so isolated where they would fall prey to some of the scams and exploitations that are out there," said Camie Engel, a senior navigator with LifePath.

Along with a panel of legal and social experts - the director of the Oscar-nominated short, "Edith and Eddie," Laura Checkoway. Her film examined elder abuse among a couple in their 90s.


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