Friday, June 6, 2008

Elder Abuse Awareness Day celebration

Florence, AZ – June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Pinal and Gila Counties will hold their own somber celebration.

On Friday June 13th, the Pinal County Elder Abuse Specialist Team will sponsor a Break the Silence event at the Pinal County Senior Resource Center at 94 W. Butte in Florence.

This is part of a Statewide Campaign, which recognizes that only one in fourteen cases of elder abuse is ever reported to the authorities.

"We hope to better that mark through education about recognizing elder abuse," said Bob Brown, Pinal County Special Assistant County Attorney.

Speakers for the event will include State Senator, Rebecca Rios; Pinal County Attorney, James Walsh; Gila County Attorney, Daisy Flores, Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez and Olivia Gurrero, CEO of Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the Area Agency on Aging.

The event is open to the public and pizza will be served after the event. Several organizations will have information tables at the event.