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County to Commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

County Departments and Agencies to Join Department of Aging and Adult Services to Raise Awareness, Call to Action on June 15, 2011

The County of Santa Clara invites the public to participate in the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Commemoration. Activities include a panel discussion to identify, prevent and end elder abuse; senior scams and financial abuse; delegating control over major decisions; and aging gracefully.

Guest Speakers:

Supervisor Dave Cortese, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Jeff Rosen, County of Santa Clara District Attorney
Lee Pullen, Director, Department of Aging and Adult Services
Miguel Márquez, County of Santa Clara County Counsel

Panel Speakers:

Guadalupe Friaz, County of Santa Clara Adult Protective Services
Janet Berry, County of Santa Clara Office of the District Attorney
Victoria Fedor-Thurman, County of Santa Clara Public Guardian’s Office
Judith Watson, County of Santa Clara In-Home Supportive Services

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

County of Santa Clara Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose
11:00 a.m. Guest Speakers and informational tables at the Jim McEntee Plaza
12:00 p.m. Panel Presentation at Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium

A 2004 Senior Needs Assessment in Santa Clara County found that there were 1,114 confirmed incidents of elder abuse; 60.6 percent were self-neglect and 39.4 percent were abuse by others. The most common types of elder abuse are self-neglect, neglect by a caregiver, financial and material exploitation, and emotional, psychological and physical abuse.

According to National Center on Elder Abuse estimates, between one and two million people ages 65 and older in the United States have been mistreated, exploited or injured by someone on whom they depend for care and protection. Elder abuse occurs primarily at home, and, most likely, perpetrators are adult children of the victim, spouses and other relatives.

Please contact Renee Paquier at (408) 975-4906 or e-mail her at

Media Contact: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Nicole Huff, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750; Renee Paquier, Social Services Agency (408) 975-4906; Amy Cornell, Office of the District Attorney (408) 792-2997
Posted: June 10, 2011