Richmond Event To Focus On Elder Abuse Recognition, Prevention

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Elder Abuse Prevention

Richmond-area residents who want to learn more about elder abuse recognition and prevention are invited to a workshop later this month.

As part of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, the Council on Elder Maltreatment Prevention (CEMP) is sponsoring its annual symposium on elder abuse awareness and vulnerable adult maltreatment prevention on Thursday, May 17, at the Perkins Building on Richmond's Eastern Kentucky University campus.

The free event begins at noon and includes lunch and informational exhibits.

The CEMP Council is a Local Coordinating Council on Elder Abuse (LCCEA) composed of activists from Madison County.

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Scheduled speakers include Tom Emberton Jr., undersecretary of Children and Family Services in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, who will talk about the cabinet's focus on seniors; and Kentucky State Police (KSP) Major Lisa Rudzinski, who will address law enforcement's greater involvement in and training for elder abuse cases.

"Kentucky needs more groups like the CEMP Council to provide outreach to their communities," Emberton said. "The more people understand about elder abuse, the greater our success in prevention will be."

The event will include a mock trial featuring an elderly victim who is financially exploited. Madison County Chief Circuit Judge William Jennings will play the trial judge. Thomas Smith, assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the 25th judicial circuit, will portray the prosecutor. Richmond attorney Earl Ray Neal will be the defense attorney and DCBS Adult Safety Branch Manager Steve Fisher will be the alleged perpetrator. Community partners will serve as jurors.

Paula Strunk, administrator at Terrace Nursing Home in Berea, will be recognized for the award she won earlier this year for Nursing Home Administrator of the Year.

The event also marks Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott King will be recognized for his work on a financial exploitation case of an elderly victim in Madison County. Other state troopers, officers from the Richmond and Berea police forces and deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's Department will be recognized for their work on elder abuse cases.

Nurses who attend will receive continuing education credits.

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