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Cabarrus County task force to host World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event

The Cabarrus County Task Force to Prevent Abuse of Elderly and Disabled Persons will host a free educational community event in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The Cabarrus County World Elder Abuse Awareness Event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast’s Hamrick Theater and Roper Commons, 920 Church St. N., Concord.

The event is geared toward older adults, their families and the professionals who work with them.

The U.S. Administration on Aging estimates more than 2 million senior Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation every year.

Officials believe that senior adults will constitute a large percentage of the explosive population growth that Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties are predicted to experience in the coming decades.

During Wednesday’s event, author Diane Sandell will speak about her family’s personal experience with elder abuse, as well as how they addressed it.

Other speakers include representatives from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont; hospice and palliative care; Cabarrus County law enforcement, adult protective services and representatives from the district attorney’s office; the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations.

No registration necessary. To learn more: bit.ly/1pO8hpk.

Additional details and questions, contact Laurie Abounader: 704-348-2739, labounader@centralina.org.

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