There was a time when older people didn't have rights. When their mental or physical capacity started to deterorate, it wasn't uncommon for someone to step in, take over and give little or no respect to the wishes of that older person. Decades ago that was what aging was like. Thank goodness those actions are illegal today if the older person is still largely competent and capable.
Understanding what aging is supposed to be like is important if our society is going to function well with a large population of aging people who feel vulnerable about losing their independence. According to the Cuyahoga County Adult & Senior Services Web site, over 16,000 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation have been reported in the state of Ohio. Half are cases of self-neglect. The abused or neglected person is typically over the age of 75, a widowed woman and socially isolated.
Serving Our Seniors and the Erie County Department of Job & Family Services have put together a public presentation entitled, "What Should Aging Be Like?" from 2 to 4 p.m Sept. 24, at the Erie County Service Center (next to the fairgrounds) at 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky. Bernie Brooks, Senior & Adult Services of Cuyahoga County will educate the audience using anonymous cases of elder abuse and neglect entitled, "Sometimes Aging Isn't Pretty."
- Sheriff Terry Lyons and Adult Protective Services staff Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and Erie County Probate Court Judge Bev McGookey will discuss how to report suspected elder abuse/neglect exploitation and what then happens.
- Judge Bev McGookey will also discuss that competent older people do have rights. (This is a fact that most people have a hard time understanding.)
The presentation will conclude with a series of questions and answers from the audience.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Serving Our Seniors, 419-624-1856 or 1-800-564-1856, no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 22. An audience of 15 or more is required to justify the time and travel of the speakers.
WHAT: What Should Aging Be Like?
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 24
WHERE: Erie County Service Center (next to the fairgrounds) at 2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky