With the month of June recognized nationally as Elder Abuse Awareness month, Niagara County is hosting two events for local senior citizens to help with abuse awareness and prevention, according to Darlene DiCarlo, director of the county’s Office for the Aging.
“Our office was awarded a $7,100 grant from Lifespan Rochester to support education and outreach about elder mistreatment during Elder Abuse Awareness Month and beyond,” DiCarlo said. “We want our seniors to know that, should they fall victim to abuse or some scam, they are not alone, they do not need to suffer in silence or feel embarrassed, and that there is help available to them.”
The first event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Kelly Zunner-Daniels from Lifespan will be speaking on elder abuse. The event will include free giveaways and a discussion on the resources for seniors from the Niagara County Office for the Aging; Alzheimer's Association; Center for Elder Law and Justice; Eastern Niagara Hospital; Niagara County Adult Protection Services; and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department.
The second event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 River Road. Daniel Lyon from Lifespan will host “Name That Scam!” – an interactive music driven presentation using songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s to discuss the multitude of scams that target senior citizens.
For those who have any questions about these events, call the Office for the Aging at 716-438-2020.