Law enforcement officials and advocates for the elderly and vulnerable adults have formed the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition to head off what they see as a growing problem.
Sivak said she put together the Kalamazoo County Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition in March 2013 to bring together "professionals and senior advocates who realize this is a bigger problem than one individual or agency can solve." Among its members are county Prosecutor Jeff Getting, Sheriff Richard Fuller and Clerk Tim Snow.
Sivak said similar efforts are taking shape around the state.
The coalition in Kalamazoo County has identified several needs, including training of professionals who are required by law to report elder abuse on how to recognize it. The coalition plans to provide training at the end of this year for law enforcement, prosecutors and Adult Protective Services workers on different scenarios of elder abuse.
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Growing Elder Abuse Concerns Prompt Formation of Kalamazoo County Coalition