Letter: Looking out for our seniors

Saturday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. To commemorate this day, communities in the United States, and throughout the world, sponsored events to raise awareness of what individuals and organizations can do to recognize the supportive services available to our senior community.

The Adult Protective Services program, through Allen County Job and Family Services, is tasked with the investigation and evaluation of allegations of suspected abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of adults 60 years of age or older. Through a strong network of community partners, Allen County Job and Family Services is able to connect older residents to the care and support necessary to live healthy, productive lives.

Building these strong connections has not only allowed our Adult Protective Services program to flourish, but also has increased the societal supports for our County’s elder population. And by developing strong social connections, older adults are better protected from harm, less likely to be hospitalized, and less likely to require assisted living arrangements.

From our area law enforcement and local health providers, to our agency partners and financial institutions, each community organization plays a vital role in the well-being of our seniors. Allen County Job and Family Services would like to thank everyone who helps to foster a healthy, safe environment for older adults, and Allen County as a whole.

Jacob Larger, Lima


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