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Free resources to help you take care of yourself too!
Being a caregiver for a family member can take a toll. You might be caring for an ailing spouse, for your aging parents or in-laws, or for an elderly neighbor. For family caregivers of older relatives, challenges come in all forms — financial, physical, emotional and social.
Whether you live in the same house or across town from your loved one, you devote your time, your resources and your heart to ensuring the health and safety of the place they call home. In order to reduce the stress of these challenges, you are invited to the annual Caregivers Mini-Conference presented by Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA).
- Gather information about resources and programs that can aid you in your caregiving.
- Get a broader understanding about making advance health care decisions from a guest speaker with the Office of the Attorney General.
- Relax and unwind with a mindfulness session presented by a local meditation teacher.
- Receive a free Health Screening provided by University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
- Network with other caregivers while you enjoy a continental breakfast and beverages sponsored by AARP.
Caregivers Mini-Conference for family caregivers of older relatives
Saturday, April 16, 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Edgemere Senior Center, 6600 North Point Road, Sparrows Point 21219
Free admission; plenty of open seats, no advance registration will be taken. To receive an event flier and copy of the agenda, please contact the BCDA Caregivers Program at 410-887-4724.
Michelle Marseilles Bruns
Manager, Caregivers Program
Baltimore County Department of Aging
Joanne Williams, Baltimore County Director of Aging
· According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.
· Data on elder abuse in domestic settings suggest that only 1 in 14 incidents, excluding incidents of self-neglect, come to the attention of authorities.
· Current estimates put the overall reporting of financial exploitation at only 1 in 25 cases, suggesting that there may be at least 5 million financial abuse victims each year.
· It is estimated that for every one case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect reported to authorities, about five more go unreported.
These facts from the National Center on Elder Abuse are quite startling. Many of us think it could not happen to us or someone we love. But elder abuse happens all too frequently, in private homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Often the abusers are family members or trusted caregivers. Studies show that one in ten older adults experience abuse; the number is higher for financial exploitation. Many seniors are reluctant to report abuse due to fear of retaliation, inability to report, or desire to protect the abuser.
Public Forum to Make a Difference and Raise Awareness
In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST), our area’s elder abuse prevention coalition, is hosting a public forum to educate concerned citizens, professionals and older adults about elder abuse. Learn how we all can make a difference in keeping seniors safe! Featured speakers include experts from AARP and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who will discuss their roles in fighting elder abuse and how older adults can protect themselves. The CFBP’s motto is “An informed consumer is the first line of defense against abusive practices.”
All are invited to attend this free forum at the Owings Mills Library on June 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Hear from the experts, visit exhibitors, enjoy refreshments and network with local aging professionals. No registration is required. Social workers can earn two Category II CEU’s for attending.
Come and make a difference in stamping out elder abuse!
For more details, please contact the Baltimore County Department of Aging at 410-887-4200 or go online to http://www.bcpl.info/stopelderabuse.
Revised April 6, 2016