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Release Date: Feb. 9, 2010ASU Logo

Elder Abuse Seminar Planned at CVCOG

Angelo State University’s Division of Extended Services is partnering with several local agencies to sponsor an elder abuse seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at the Concho Valley Council of Governments (CVCOG) Regional Training Center, 2801 W. Loop 306, Suite A in San Angelo.

The seminar will look at ways to address problems associated with abuse of more than five million senior citizens each year in America, according to Jim Koca, criminal justice/homeland security director for the CVCOG.

“Elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that lead to harming a vulnerable elder,” Koca said. “Elder abuse may take a number of different forms, including physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse as well as financial or material exploitation, neglect and abandonment.”

Speakers will include Don Gallion, a criminal justice instructor with the Concho Valley Regional Law Enforcement Academy, Michael Mathews, an Adult Protective Services In-Home Services supervisor and Rosie Quintela, Area Agency on Aging director.

Topics will include the history of elder abuse, the aging process, the role of adult protective services, law enforcement’s response and Area Agency on Aging services. The seminar will also examine investigations into elder abuse as well as the responsibilities and legal requirements related to reporting and investigating the abuse of an elderly person.

The seminar is sponsored by the Concho Valley Regional Law Enforcement Academy, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley Council of Governments in cooperation with the Angelo State University Division of Extended Services.

Cost is $29, which includes lunch and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), social work or Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit.

For more information or to register, contact the ASU Division of Extended Studies at 325-942-2339.

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