2016 Elder Abuse Awareness Conference
Elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of people each year, yet just one in fourteen cases is brought to the attention of authorities. Those individuals suffering from cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease are particularly vulnerable. Elder victims tend to be the most isolated of all victims of family violence. They are likely to have fewer social connections to the community that would normally be an avenue of help.
The Howard County Vulnerable Adults Committee is a multi-agency committee dedicated to improving the quality of life for vulnerable adults through the facilitation of interagency education, consultation and cooperation among appropriate public and private entities. The HCVAC will discuss vulnerable adult incidents throughout the county to ensure that vulnerable adults are obtaining the appropriate services available, to identify services that do not exist and work to ensure those services are initiated, and to educate on the difficulties and issues the vulnerable adult population is facing. A vulnerable adult is defined as a person 18 years or older who has complex medical, psychological, or social problems.