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For Immediate Release (02-29)
Date: June 10, 2002, 2002 
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Meeting to Focus on Elder Abuse
Town Hall Get-Together Offers Information on a “Growing Problem”

            Montgomery College will host a town hall meeting entitled, “How to Detect and Prevent Elder Abuse” this Wednesday, June 12 on its Rockville campus.  Topics will include recognizing the signs of and responding to abuse and neglect; what makes an older adult vulnerable to abuse; and the legal and psychological impact of abuse and neglect on older adults.

            “It’s a big issue in the state of Maryland and it’s a crime that has been under-reported,” says Gary Hong, program director for the College’s Lifelong Learning Institute, which is part of the Workforce Development and Continuing unit.  “Older adults need to know more about this.”

            Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the morning-long meeting at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the Rockville campus, which is located at 51 Mannakee Street. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and the meeting will follow from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

            The public is invited; there is no admission, but reservations are required and may be made by calling toll-free, 1-866-298-8245.  Further information on the meeting also is available at that number.

            The session is sponsored by the AARP of Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, along with the Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute.  “We thought this would fit with our program’s goals of educating the county’s older adults,” says Hong. 

            The Montgomery College meeting is the first of several planned for the State of Maryland this year. 

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