MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced that Westchester county will be observing the eighth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with a documentary and discussion at Mount Pleasant Community Center on Friday, June 13, from 12:30-1:30 p.m..
The Mount Pleasant Community Center is at 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla.
“Elder abuse will not be tolerated,” Astorino said. “Elder abuse is a shameful crime aimed at vulnerable people. I welcome the opportunity to once again put a spotlight on this serious issue.”
Elder abuse refers to the intentional, neglectful or exploitive acts by a family member, caregiver, “trusted” individual or stranger that lead to, or may lead to, the harm of an older person. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or financial, and the problem crosses social and economic lines.
The 20-minute documentary, “An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America,” will be followed by a discussion led by Jamie Fair, an assistant district attorney in the special prosecution division of the Westchester District Attorney’s Office; and Gary Brown, the assistant attorney general in charge of the AG’s Westchester regional office . Brown is also the AG’s statewide elder abuse coordinator.
The film brings viewers into the homes of courageous American seniors to hear their poignant stories about the abuse, neglect and exploitation they have experienced. The goal of the film is to bring the issue of elder abuse out of the shadows by helping viewers to recognize signs of abuse and know where to go for help.
The program is sponsored by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Livable Communities Elder Abuse Collaborative of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.