Rutledge Hosts over 300 for Virtual Elder Abuse Conference
September 3, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the first virtual Elder Abuse Conference. Over 300 attendees heard from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt who addressed lessons his office has learned and the steps he is taking to combat elder abuse. The conference also provided educational information on issues faced by loved ones and providers who assist and serve the elderly.
“My office is dedicated to protecting our seniors from those who take advantage of our most vulnerable through financial and physical abuse,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This educational forum empowers family, friends, employers and law enforcement to recognize the signs of abuse, teaches them how to quickly protect victims and notify authorities when abuse is occurring.”
The full day’s event was previously scheduled to take place in April, but was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The conference covered a broad range of topics including caregiver fatigue, financial exploitation, agency roles in protecting elderly clients and communicating with victims who have cognitive impairment.
According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some kind of abuse. As many as five million elderly Americans are estimated to be abused each year.
To view a list of upcoming trainings and events offered by the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov.