June has been Declared Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Utah

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Oct 27, 2015

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In June 2010 a profound and impactful meeting was held to discuss the problem of and prevention of elder abuse in Utah. Community leaders and government met to make a difference. As a result of the 2010 Utah Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition, Utahs Governor Gary R. Herbert made the following declaration:

Whereas, nearly one-quarter of a million Utahns are over 65 the age of sixty-five;

Whereas, Utah Adult Protective Services received 3117 reports of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in 2009, an increase of more than twenty percent from the previous year;

Whereas, elder abuse occurs in families and communities of all social, economic, and racial backgrounds; and

Whereas, civic organizations and government plays a critical role in providing education, support through training, assistance to those at risk, and treatment for victims;

Whereas, Elder Abuse Prevention Month affords all Utahns the opportunity to remember victims of elder abuse and their families, promote the programs and organizations that serve them, and participate in community efforts to improve the safety and well-being of all people in Utah.

Now, Therefore, I Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, do declare June 2010 as ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

In addition to the above declaration, the following sponsors were recognized for the provision of education and resources for seniors in their communities:

Seniors Blue Book
Legacy Retirement Communities
Dignity Home Health & Hospice
Law Office of Calvin Curtis
Heritage Park Care Center
Comfort Keepers
Petersen Medical

The distinguished list of presenters included Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Director of Division of Aging, Nels Holmgren, Director of the Medicaid Fraud Unit at the Utah Attorney Generals Office, Robert Steed, Salt Lake County Sherriff, Jim Winder, and Director of Outreach for the Senior Behavioral Unit at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Nina Ferrell. Furthermore Legacy Retirement Communities was honored with the Caring Communities Award and Audrey Collman was celebrated with the Life Celebration Award.

There was a common message from each of these outstanding speakers; It will take a collaborative effort from Government, Civic Organizations, the Private Sector, and Individuals to stomp out abuse and neglect!

To report Elder Abuse: in Salt Lake call (801) 264-7669; Statewide call (800) 371-7897.

Please watch www.SeniorsBlueBook.com for information on the 2011 Elder Abuse Prevention Summit. If you are interested in helping, please contact The Utah Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition at 801-860-3801.

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