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October 14, 2010

LaSalette Hosts Conference on Elder Abuse


LaSalette hosts conference on elder abuse
BY DAVID LINTON
SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
October 13, 2010

A conference to learn about ways to detect and prevent elder abuse will be held Oct. 21 at the LaSalette Welcome Center on Route 118.

The conference, sponsored by Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter and the Attleboro Council on Aging, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is free.

To attend, registrations are encouraged and can be made by contacting Cecelia Porche at the district attorney's office at 508-961-1984. A sign language interpreter will be available.

There has been an increase in serious elder abuse cases and Sutter says he is committed to providing elders, caretakers and providers with prevention information to combat it. Prosecutors from the office will discuss the many different forms of elder abuse.

Second Assistant District Attorney Paul Machado will speak about identity fraud, financial exploitation and scams. Second Assistant District Attorney Silvia Rudman will speak about neglect, physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

Elders and other conference attendees will learn how to recognize warning signs of abuse, how to report abuse, how cases are prosecuted, tips to prevent abuse and victim rights.

In addition, presentations will be made by the following experts:

Mary Richardson, former WCVB-TV anchor and now liaison for Caritas Health Care will conduct the welcome address followed by remarks from Sutter.

Noelle Merchant of the State 911 Department will talk about the enhanced 911 telephone system, calling tips and other services. Lucilia Prates from the Senior Medicare Patrol will speak about empowering seniors to prevent healthcare fraud.

Bristol County Register of Probate Gina DeRossi will discuss what services are offered at the Registry of Probate and Family Court, which include wills, guardianships, restraining orders and other matters.

Community resource tables will be at the conference and staffed by representatives from the following organizations: Bristol Elder Services, New Hope, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Attleboro TRIAD, Senior Medicare Patrol, Next Monitoring, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security/State 911 Department, Senior Whole Health, Office of the Attorney General Consumer Mediation Program, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, and more.

Representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions about their organization and the services they offer.





SOURCE:    The Sun Chronicle


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