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Elder Abuse Education Offered with Support from Blue Cross

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By: Christine Zavaskas
December 9, 2013
In the accompanying photo, Brian McAdarra, Protective Services Supervisor for the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging, shares information about the signs of elder abuse with Adella Yevich during a workshop presented by North Penn Legal Services at the Kingston Senior Center. The workshop was part of a series of eight elder abuse awareness presentations supported by The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

WILKES-BARRE – North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) recently began using a $3,100.00 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to offer a series of educational workshops for seniors about elder abuse.

The workshops are being hosted at senior centers and assisted living centers across Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.  Each presentation covers topics such as the signs of physical and mental abuse and neglect, and what to do when elder abuse is suspected or experienced.

“We wish to alert our senior population to this silent epidemic and provide resource information to prevent and to respond to this serious problem,” said Charles Petrillo, Senior Attorney at North Penn Legal Services.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation awarded the grant to NPLS in July. Over the coming year, NPLS will reach more than 250 seniors and their caregivers with this important education program.

For more information about upcoming elder abuse workshops, contact North Penn Legal Services at 570 299 4100 ext. 2945.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.