Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine since we’re one of the oldest states in the country. Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year, so it’s important that communities understand the issue and the resources available. Betty Balderston is the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate for Legal Services and is currently scheduling presentations between now and September to civic and community organizations throughout Maine. Her 15-20 minute presentation includes information on what Elder Abuse looks like, the Red Flags that everyone should be aware of, and the Maine resources that are available to provide assistance. Perhaps your Grange would be interested in scheduling such a presentation? Betty can be reached at (207) 620-3104 or at bbalderstonmainelseorg (bbalderstonmainelseorg) . Please consider contacting Betty to schedule a presentation for your members.
Webmaster’s Note: I had a long chat with Betty that was quite eye-opening. Elder abuse can come in many forms and from many different sources. There’s not charge for her presentation — this is a great opportunity to “get the facts” and learn about the resources available!