An ‘Elder Rights Training’ was held Tuesday afternoon (June 21st) in the lower level of the St. Joseph County Courthouse in Centreville in conjunction with declaration of the day as ‘Elder Rights Awareness Day in St. Joseph County.’
In reporting on the session during the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday evening, Jan Reed, Collaborative Coordinator with the St. Joseph County Human Services Commission, said that 68 people attended to learn about elder rights, what’s available in the county, and “how we all, as citizens of St. Joseph County, can be a part of keeping our elders safe and secure.” She pointed out that seniors constitute the fastest growing segment of the population.
Reed noted that a new, tri-fold brochure on elder rights was rolled out during training and said it will be used by local law enforcement agencies “and a lot of others” as a ‘leave behind’ to provide information on elder rights and abuse and ways to seek assistance if one is a victim of abuse. The brochure was created and printed by the St. Joseph County Probate Court, Commission on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, and the St. Joseph County Human Services Commission. It and a variety of other materials were available to attendees on several literature tables set up in the meeting room.
To hear Jan Reed’s report to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, click here (1:39).