|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.
Direct comments, questions and story ideas to:
Region 9 APS Advisory Board PO Box 9814 Midland, TX 79708