Purdue Extension Health and Human Science Educators are happy to partner with Senior and Adult Guardianship Advocates and Adult Protective Services to offer this free three-part webinar series. The series is for caregivers, community members and those who live and work with older adults.  Participants may watch on their own or attend a local watch party that will be held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library for each of the three sessions. All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

• Oct. 17, “Self Neglect — What to Look for and What to Do,” presenter Ryan Washburn, Senior and Adult Guardianship Advocates

Self-neglect among seniors is the most common form of non-financial elderly abuse/neglect encountered by care managers, far outpacing encounters with physical or sexual abuse or neglect by others. What is elder self-meglect? Self-neglect is: “an adult’s inability, due to physical or mental impairment or diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care ...” They make clear that lifestyle choices or living arrangements alone do not prove self-neglect. Elderly self-neglect is a hidden problem in our community. The webinar series will focus on warnings signs and what to do regarding an elderly person’s self-neglect.

• Oct. 24: “Financial Exploitation of Seniors,” presenter Itzayana Prieto, Adult Protective Services

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, financial exploitation is “the illegal or improper use of a vulnerable adult’s funds, property, or assets.” Statistically, recent loses from investment fraud is roughly $40 billion, with losses from seniors totaling roughly $2.6 billion. The prevalence of financial exploitation on the vulnerable population of the elderly creates other potential forms of abuse such as physical, mental, emotional and self-neglect. Through education, APS hopes to heighten the awareness of red flags indicative of financial exploitation. APS’s primary goal is to empower individuals in the community to report these crimes.

• Oct. 31: “Aging and Living Well” presenters Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences Educators

It’s no secret that things change, especially as we age. This session we’ll discuss how to help your senior navigate life transitions, develop a more positive outlook, and find their purpose.

If you would like to register to attend in person or watch wherever you are, register at http://www.cvent.com/d/syqdnr. Lunch will be provided at the library, sponsored by Hoosier Heartland State Bank. Call the extension office at 765-364-6363 for more information.

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