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Volume 1   June 2006

It's Everyone's Business!

June 15, 2006

"My World, Your World, Our World...Free of Elder Abuse"
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to global dissemination of information as part of its commitment to worldwide prevention of elder abuse.  They have designated June 15, 2006, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:  Seniors are valued members of society and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity.  Elder abuse is most often defined as any act that harms a senior or jeopardizes his or her health or welfare.  Everyone should watch for signs of abuse such as physical trauma, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and fear of family members, friends or caregivers.  Wear purple to show your support of stopping the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly in your 'piece of the world'! 

Global Aging Issues

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APS Honors Nancy Jones, Vice-Chair

Elder Abuse Prevention Month/Older Americans Month
May is always a busy month for those working with the elderly and disabled.  The federal government has designated May as Older Americans Month, and Elder Abuse Prevention Month.  The Region 9 APS Advisory board, in collaboration with Adult Protective Services, hosted information booths at various events in Region 9 (a 30-county area of West Texas and the Concho Valley).  We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Big Spring Health Fair, the San Angelo Spring Fling, and the Permian Basin Area Agency on Aging's Senior Celebration during May.   We appreciate the opportunity to learn more about aging issues at the West Texas Conference on Aging at Odessa College during May also. 
The Region 9 APS Advisory Board also supported the First Annual APS Honors awards being hosted by Adult Protective Services.  The award events provided an opportunity to educate the public about the challenges being faced by Adult Protective Services' staff and clients, and how it takes the help of concerned citizens to alleviate the unsafe/unhealthy conditions in which many disabled adults and elderly persons live with.  APS presented awards to community members in San Angelo, Pecos, Sanderson, Odessa, Midland, and Big Spring.  Our own Vice-Chair, Nancy Jones, received an APS Honors award for her extraordinary service to APS clients in Big Spring!   

"HATS OFF TO APS!"
March is National Social Work Appreciation Month.  The Region 9 APS Advisory board hosted lunch events in Big Spring, San Angelo and Odessa during March to express their appreciation to the direct-delivery staff in Region 9.  Supervisors, caseworkers, and administrative support staff were all presented with catered lunch, door prizes, and hats stuffed with snack items during these events!  Per APS supervisors, "This could not have happened at a better time.  We have been short-staffed and intakes are up, and the complexities of the cases are increasing. This was the morale boost everyone needed!"  We just want to say again, Hats Off to APS for their dedication and commitment to the elderly and disabled that are being abused, neglected and/or exploited in Region 9.   

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Region 9 APS Advisory Board  PO Box 9814  Midland, TX  79708