Officers Invited to Training on Elderly

Confused elderly woman with her head in her hands.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas will present a special session for professionals in the field on issues involving the elderly on April 23.

The free, all-day session, cosponsored by the Houston Geriatric Education Center, is called “Aging, Dementia and Elder Mistreatment: What Law Enforcement Professionals Should Know. “ The course is designed to enhance law enforcement professionals’ understanding about normal aging, changes in cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and elder mistreatment.

“The ‘aging tsunami’ has arrived, which presents unique challenges to law enforcement professionals,” said Dr. Rita Watkins.
Elderly man's hands resting on a cane.Experts from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine will present cutting edge information and pearls of wisdom that may be used in day to day interactions with older adults.

One of the topics that will be addressed is elder abuse. According to research, millions of Americans age 65 and older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by a caregiver of someone they trust. Estimates of elder abuse range from 2 to 5 percent of the population over age 65, but only 1 in 14 incidents are brought to the attention of authorities.

Elder abuse is defined as “intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or ‘trusted’ individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. The most common types of abuse are physical abuse; neglect, including self-neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse and abandonment.

The cosponsor of the event is the Houston Geriatric Education Center is by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Service. It is operated by the Houston Galveston Area Council and its goal is providing knowledge and skills to sustain and create healthier communities for vulnerable older people.

The deadline to register for the event is April 16. To register, visit
For more information, contact Yvette Shorten, Program Assistant, at (936) 294-3851.

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