www.mybaycity.com April 24, 2012
Rotary Article 6958

Elder Abuse Signs Presented to Rotary

April 24, 2012
By: Stephen Kent

Tammy Roehrs and Annette Jeske
Tammy Roehrs, Director of the Bay County Division on Ageing, spoke to Rotary about her organization and some facts about the aged population in the area.

Elder Abuse has been a hot topic lately as the population ages. Under the Older Americans Act, an elder is defined as 60 years or older. Today Elders find themselves helping their families financially, raising their grandchildren and sometimes housing grown children. Elders are also exposed to scams from people who want to take their dollars and some suffer physical and mental abuse.

The Bay County Division recently received a three year federal grant to address elder abuse in the county. The award will allow them to educate the community and to provide training to law enforcement, judges, prosecutors and first responders in how to both identify and protect the elderly.

Elders who suffer abuse often don't report it. Among the reasons is that they don't want to turn in the person who cares for them. Annette Jeske, Program Development at Region VII Area Agency on Aging, said that 1 in 5 individuals are 60+ years. 1 in 13 of these will be abused but only 1 in 44 of those are reported.

The elderly are at risk due to fears, frailties, dependence, isolation, and the greed of others. Perpetrators of abuse include strangers, family members, and caregivers. Scams are a major problem with new ones being created every day.

Among the top scams are health care and insurance fraud. Counterfeit prescriptions, funeral scams, anti-aging products, telemarketing, and Internet frauds are others.

Jeske went on to offer a number of tips on avoiding fraud and abuse. Perhaps one of the best tips came from Rotarian Al Hicks who reminded everyone that "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is NOT true."

More information is available at www.fbi.com and baycounty-mi.gov/Aging.


The Thesaurus Project is underway and deliveries are being made now. If you've signed up be sure to get your books and deliver them. Talk to Rich Milster or Chuck Cusick if you have questions.

Brenda Scramlin is heading the Camp Rotary committee. The club hopes to sponsor about a dozen students this year. If you have candidates, please see Brenda.

The District Conference will be held on May 4 and 5 in Frankenmuth. Members are encouraged to attend one or more sessions. The club will pick up half of the registration fee for any member who requests it. Visit the District website for more details.

The club continues to recruit new members. Talk to any of the club officers if you have prospects. Be sure to invite friends and prospects to hear the Lt. Governor on April 10th.

The International Night committee continues to meet and plan this year's event. Be sure to let Lee Newton or Kim Prime know how you can help with this year's event!

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The Annual Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 25. Visit RotaryBayCity.org or see Tim Holsworth for details.

International Night is scheduled for October 11, 2012.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

May 1, 2012: GSE Team that traveled to Greece

May 8, 2012: Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will be presented by Jan Barker, who will tell us about the exciting things happening with the Girl Scouts as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary.

May 15, 2012: Kristal Corrion will present the proposed vision for the reuse of the former Hampton 5 movie Theater as a Community Empowerment Center .

Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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