Capitol Rally To Spotlight Elder Abuse Prevention

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The public is invited to a rally next week recognizing the efforts to protect older Kentuckians and stop elder abuse.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the Kentucky Association of Gerontology, AARP, the Office of the Attorney General and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse are sponsoring Kentucky Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda and coincides with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Kimberly Baker, a specialist in CHFS' Adult Safety Branch, said organizers of the rally hope it will raise public awareness of elder abuse and neglect, advance victims' rights to justice and promote participation in the statewide network of Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs).

Scheduled speakers include Elder Abuse Awareness Committee Chairman Eugene Foster, Ed.D.; Attorney General Greg Stumbo; Kentucky State Police Commissioner John Adams; and a representative from the CHFS Office of Inspector General.

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Several Kentuckians who have made an impact in the field of elder abuse prevention will be recognized. Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond, in conjunction with the Madison County Council for Elder Maltreatment Prevention, will unveil the Elder Abuse License Plate Initiative.

A reception on the second floor of the Capitol will follow the ceremony.

The state's 40 LCCEAs came under joint leadership of the Area Agencies on Aging and the cabinet's Adult Protective Services staff in 2002. Members include cabinet staff, law enforcement officers, business leaders, health care providers and advocates for the elderly.

Councils monitor and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of services and protection in their communities and coordinate the services of local groups that work with elder victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Kentucky Department Of Health

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