Symposium Set To Help Stop Elder Abuse

Posted Date: September 26th, 2014 | Categories: Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer, Credentialing, Health Care & Businesses

SANDUSKY – Serving Our Seniors, a non-profit adult advocacy group, will host a state-wide symposium: “Understanding Financial Elder Abuse: the Crime, the Shame and the Solution.” The event will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Kalahari Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky.

The goal of the symposium is to educate attorneys, health care workers, social service, financial, law enforcement and other professionals about elder exploitation and fraud and their roles in identifying, reporting and stopping the abuse.

Nationally, one in 20 older adults experience some form of financial mistreatment with only one in 44 cases of financial abuse reported, according to the National Adult Protective Services Association. Ninety percent of elder abuse is committed by someone who knows the victim such as a family member, caregiver or friend.

“Financial elder abuse is becoming such a large problem that it is impoverishing elders,” said Sue Daugherty, director of Serving Our Seniors. “They don’t have the ability to start a second career to make that money back. If we don’t do anything about the abuse, Ohio taxpayers will have to subsidize the victims.”

The symposium includes afternoon legal, geriatric, financial and “Don’t be a Victim” tracts.

The session is approved for continuing education credits for social workers, nurses, certified public accountants, certified financial planners, insurance agents, nursing home administrators and law enforcement personnel. Registration is $50 for law enforcement professionals to earn continuing education credits and for any individuals who do not need credits. The cost is $100 for those earning credits for other professions. No exam is required to receive credits.

The registration deadline is Wednesday. To register, visit or call 1-800-564-1856.

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