Sadly, older adults continue to be in the news as victims of physical attacks, neglect and financial abuse. The assaults can come from strangers as well as people the seniors might think they could trust, such as family members and hired caregivers, as exemplified by the case of 93-year-old Arnold V. “Max” Bauer, whose caregiver has been charged with elder abuse, false imprisonment and theft.
“Seniors are increasingly the targets of criminals who prey on people they feel are less likely to defend themselves,” said Chairman Bill Horn, District 5, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “With these tough economic times, physical and financial attacks may happen more frequently and it’s important to give people the tools necessary to protect themselves.”
Self-defense classes, called “Senior Expo: Protect Yourself & Your Wallet,” provide valuable tips on avoiding being a victim of both physical and financial abuse. Mary Davis, a 72-year-old, third-degree black belt in Karate, talks about ways to avoid physical attacks and demonstrates techniques to use when an assault occurs. Speakers from Adult Protective Services (APS) and the District Attorney’s office address ways to avoid scams, fraud and other financial abuse. Participants receive helpful materials to take home, and a free lunch is served.
The Senior Expo is coordinated by Aging & Independence Services, a division of the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, in partnership with the San Diego District Attorney’s office and the County Library. Funding for the sessions is provided by the Barona and Sycuan tribal governments.
Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please register early as space is limited:
- March 18 (Friday) – The Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine 91901
- April 14 (Thursday) – Logan Heights Library, 567 S. 28th St., San Diego 92113
- May 20 (Friday) – Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido 92025
Reservations required; call (800) 510-2020 and press “4” twice when you hear the menu. Leave your name, phone number and the date or location of the event you wish to attend.
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