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June News Release - Passport 55 presents “Information about Elder Abuse”

NEWS RELEASE  -  June 8, 2016  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, 787.5117

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or “trusted others.”

In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws. Laws and definitions of terms vary considerably from one state to another.

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and elder abuse will be the focus of Passport 55 on Thursday, June 16, at the Roby Adult Center.

The purpose of the program is to alert the public that elder abuse is a crime which, by law, must be reported.  The program will also promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.

Photo:  Marylee McGlothlin, Greene County Adult Protective Services 

Marylee McGlothlin, the Field Supervisor for Greene County Adult Protective Services, will be conducting the program.  McGlothin works throughout Northeast Tennessee, where she supervises those investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation and provides needed services for the vulnerable adults in our state.  She completed graduate studies at East Tennessee State University in Clinical Psychology.

Passport 55 is open to the public as a free community service.  It is presented each month at Roby Adult Center at 203 North College Street, by Laughlin Memorial Hospital in partnership with the adult center.

For additional information, contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787-5117.