San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Aired 6/10/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Paul Greenwood, Head of the District Attorney's Elder Abuse Protection Unit
Mary Ball, President & CEO, Alzheimer's Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
County of San Diego Aging Summit 2014
Thursday June 12, at the Town & Country Convention Center. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
There will also be a satellite location for attendees in North County.
Admittance is free, however registration is required.
Register online at www.AlSevents.org or call the AARP registration line at (877) 926-8300 to register for the event.
As baby boomers reach their "golden years" more and more families are finding themselves caregivers.
In San Diego, approximately 60,000 are living with Alzheimer's disease. Nationwide, 200,000 of Alzheimer's sufferers are under the age of 65.
To help spread the word about available resources in San Diego, the county this week is hosting a summit on aging. The event will address personal safety matters, challenges and concerns many family caregivers face and how to recognize elder abuse.
The summit comes just before World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is set for Sunday. The county's Aging & Independence Services report it receives about 1,000 elder abuse-related calls each month. Types of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial and/or neglect.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Possible Warning Signs from San Diego County Adult Protective Services:
Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation for its cause
The elder or dependent adult has recently become confused or disoriented
The caregiver shows anger, indifference, aggressive behavior toward the person
Personal belongings, papers, credit cards are missing
Hesitation from the elder to talk openly
The caregiver has a history of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior or family violence
Lack of necessities, such as food, water, utilities, medications and medical care
Another person's name added to the client's bank account or important documents, or frequent checks made out to CASH
If you know that abuse has occurred, you should call SDPD directly at (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154.