World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Rosyo Ramires, program manager at the Department of Social Services (front) talks about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day during a press conference Thursday. In the background are Social Services Director Peggy Price (left) and Area Agency on Aging Assistant Public Administrator Rosie Blankenship (right). EDWIN DELGADO PHOTO

Due to a recent surge in the number of reports Adult Protective Services has received in the last few years, local county departments are coming together to reach out to the community and expand on their awareness efforts to put a stop to elder and dependent adult abuse.

On Thursday, the Department of Social Services, Area Agency on Aging and the District Attorney’s office announced an awareness campaign which has goals to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults and educate the public on the prevalence of elder and dependent adult abuse in the community as well as recognize signs of abuse and how to report it.

Staff Writer Edwin Delgado can be reached at edelgado@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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