An informational session led by area professionals focusing on elder abuse will be offered by the University of Findlay Gerontology Program on Friday, Nov. 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Malcolm Dining Hall, located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. This event is free and open to the public.
To raise awareness and combat both physical and emotional forms of elder abuse such as neglect, family violence and financial exploitation, the Gerontology Program welcomes anyone working with elders, including neighbors, friends, relatives and caregivers as well as elders themselves, to attend the event.
Presenting “Signs and Resulting Issues of Elder Abuse” will be Amy Miranda, social worker at Hancock County Job and Family Services, Adult Protective Services. Miranda has served in her role for five years and holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology. With yearly training within her field, Miranda’s expertise ranges from ethical concerns to end-of-life decisions.
“Schemes, Scams and Rip-offs” will be presented by Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan President Dick Eppstein. The BBB investigates activities that cheat consumers and businesspeople out of millions of dollars every year. In Eppstein’s presentation, he will review current schemes, explain the most common ways consumers are cheated and discuss steps anyone can take to protect themselves and their identities.
Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be offered to social workers in attendance. Space is limited and attendees must register no later than Wednesday, Nov. 15 by emailing Meredith Pitt, assistant professor of gerontology, at email@example.com.