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Region 10 Community Living Services and its community partners are committed to educating the public about elder abuse and exploitation. Yes, it does happen in western Colorado, hundreds of times a day! In an effort to shine a bright light on this problem, Region 10 is beginning an aggressive four-month campaign to inform, educate, and protect our older adults.

Beginning in March, Region 10 will host community education events, post informational flyers, bulletins and brochures in public places, and provide resource links wherever invited to do so. Public service announcements, scam alerts and editorials will be placed in local media outlets. The event finale will be a region-wide celebration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.

All events will be free and open to the public; the target audience is older adults and anybody who cares about them. Please join us in this effort to prevent elder abuse.

• Ten percent of older adults are abused or exploited each year in the United States.

• Four of every five cases go unreported.

• Scams are at an all-time high with older adults being the primary target.

Anyone interested in hosting an event, telling their own story of victimization, or assisting with this project should call Region 10. Experts in the topic will also be available for interviews. For more information about the Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign contact Madison Fowler at Region 10, 970-765-3125 or madison@region10.net.

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