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Standing Up For Seniors: Office for the Aging Screens "Fleeced" for Community Friday

Elder Abuse Takes Center Stage with OFA Leadership Media Availability Senior Nutrition Program Demonstration Including Meal with Press

Author: Anonym/Thursday, June 15, 2017/Categories: General

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NORTH TONAWANDA—Niagara County takes a dim view of all forms of elder abuse, and Office for the Aging Director Ken Genewick plans to offer media and community leaders insights into the hot topic of elder financial abuse Friday.


The media is invited to a special program that day that will provide information on this issue, as well as Office for the Aging programs—including the OFA’s nutrition programs, giving reporters an opportunity to sample an actual meal provided to seniors to ensure they have access to nutritious, healthy foods. Genewick will be joined by an assortment of local leaders who will address the topic of elder abuse and programs to combat it and raise public awareness.


Genewick plans to screen the film “Fleeced” at two locations in Niagara County this month, and is inviting members of the Western New York press corps to attend, so they can learn more about an underreported topic that has become more prevalent in recent years, as retired Baby Boomers head into their golden years: scams, financial products and even caretaker and family deceptions that aim to part seniors from a lifetime of savings.


“Every June—which is Elder Abuse Awareness Month—the Office for the Aging works hard to be a strong advocate for reform to protect vulnerable seniors,” Genewick explained. “Last year, our main focus was on physical abuse and harm; this year, we are putting the spotlight on predatory practices, dishonest relatives, and financial products designed to, as the film’s title says, ‘fleece’ our elders.”


Genewick also will be deploying roadside signs around Niagara County, centered on Lockport and North Tonawanda, that stress the importance of pushing back on elder abuse.


Genewick is coupling Friday’s film screening—set for 11 a.m. Friday at the North Tonawanda Senior Center—with a press conference and press availability, and then, lunch. Genewick planned the event closely with Legislator Rich Andres, R-North Tonawanda, who chairs the county’s Community Services Committee.


“It’s important that the press and public officials have a chance to ask our government leaders questions about what we’re doing to protect seniors and see to their wellbeing,” Andres said. “Likewise, all the paper reports and menus in the world don’t do as much, tangibly, as letting reporters actually try the food we’re serving our seniors so that they can appreciate what it is to be a senior in Niagara County, being served by the Office for the Aging.


The menu for Friday’s meal includes grilled chicken salad served over Mesclun mix with tomatoes, onion, and shredded cheddar, tri-color pasta salad, wheat bread, and s’more pudding parfait.  Members of the press are invited to join Genewick for a sit-down media availability conducted over the lunch.


A second showing of “Fleeced” is set for June 26 at the Palace Theatre in Lockport. That showing will include an introduction by District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek.


WHO:  Niagara County Office for the Aging Director Ken Genewick, Niagara County Legislature Community Services Committee Chairman Rich Andres, R-North Tonawanda, Senator Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, County Legislators Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, Will Collins, R-Lockport, and Tony Nemi, R-Lockport, Alderman-at-Large Jeffrey M. Glatz, R-North Tonawanda, Common Council President David Wohleben, R-Lockport, Supervisor Mark Crocker, R-Lockport, Niagara County Sheriff’s Captain Bruce Elliot, and representatives of the Center for Elder Law and Justice.


WHAT:  Discussing strategies for fighting elder abuse, including elder financial abuse; screening “Fleeced”; offering media availability to discuss full array of senior programs; providing sample of a typical meal offered to seniors under Niagara County’s senior nutrition program.


WHEN:  Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m.                                        


WHERE:  North Tonawanda Senior Center, 110 Goundry St., North Tonawanda.


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