Blog: Montgomery County 11th Annual Senior Safety Forum in Support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Maryland Protect Week

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th. With the growing number of seniors in Montgomery County, the state, and the country, there is also a growing number of incidents of elder abuse.  This week the Montgomery County Elder Abuse Awareness Task Force set up a series of Awareness Day events to highlight some of the issues involving older and vulnerable adults. These events have been recorded through Zoom so that more people can participate while we emerge from the pandemic. The June 17th Senior Safety Forum in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Maryland Protect Week event included information about some of the latest scams and other important tips to help older adults stay safe.

The events are hosted by Mario Wawrzusin,  Administrator, Assessment, APS and Care Management Services with the Montgomery County Department of Health + Human Services Department.

Speakers include:

Odile Brunetto, Ed.D., Chief, Aging and Disability Services

Robin Riley, Director, Montgomery County Recreation

Thomas Sweitzer, Music Therapist, MTT, MT-BC – Co-Founder, Creative Director and Head of
Music Therapy at A Place to Be

Denise Bruskin-Gambrell, LCSW-C, Adult Protective Services Investigations Supervisor

Ema DeCesare, LCSW-C, APS

Tovah Kasdin, Director ElderSAFE Center

Kelly Davis, Program Manager, Special Investigator CASVA unit, State’s Attorney’s Office

Detective Sun Cheoung, MCPD

Captain Amy Daum, Director, MCPD

Eileen Bennett, Program Manager II, MC LTC Ombudsman

The Montgomery County website, reminds us that:

  • “You do not need to prove that abuse is occurring; it is up to the professionals to investigate the suspicions.”
  • If you or someone you know is in a potentially life threatening situation call 911.
  • If you or someone you know needs assistance you can call Adult Protective Services (APS) 240-777 3000.
  • The Montgomery County Police non-emergency number is 301-279-8000
  • The Crisis Center number is 240-777-4000.
  • For Long Term Care Ombudsman call 240- 777-3369.
  • CASVA unit, State’s Attorney’s Office, 240-777-7316

Watch the event recorded on zoom by clicking on the link and using the passcode.

Passcode: g1=^YVw?

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