Seminar helps fight senior abuse



The Brevard Commission on Aging held a workshop on Community Elder Abuse Awareness Training on Oct. 25 at the Viera Government Center’s Commission Chambers.

After introductions by Phil Koechlein of the Brevard Commission on Aging and Brevard County Commissioner Rita Pritchett, Theresa Russell discussed mandated reporter training. She is a program specialist for the Department of Children and Families.

Lisa German, a detective with the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department, and Valerie Ballou, a detective with the Satellite Beach Police Department, talked about the role law enforcement has in enforcing crimes against elders.

Melanie Drake, a paramedic with the Satellite Beach Fire Department, also spoke during this presentation.

Kathy Dudley, who works for the Victim Advocate Office of the State Attorney, and Justin Keen discussed economic crimes committed against seniors.

Michael Hawkins, who works in asset protection as a branch manager for SunTrust Bank, and Robert Dixon of Sentinel Care emphasized the need for seniors to have checks and balances in place to protect their assets.

DCF and the Brevard Commission on Aging will offer more workshops on senior issues in the future.

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