The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team, will host a workshop featuring a series of presentations and exhibitors from local healthcare and social service agencies for at-risk seniors, the city announced today.

The workshop is aimed at providing senior citizens with information on protecting themselves against physical and financial abuse. In two panels, elder abuse prevention experts will provide information regarding ensuring the safety of people at risk of abuse and neglect from others, as well as self-inflicted neglect, and the methods of financial exploitation and how to safeguard against these abuses, according to the city. Each session will be followed by a question and answer session.

“This workshop provides critical information for those who may be vulnerable to abuse, and aims to address the problem at its source in order to build a safer Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. 

“The residents of the community are my No. 1 priority, and it’s important they are aware of the services available to protect their well-being,” Councilmember Daryl Supernaw said in a statement.

“Aging is something that affects us all and our neighbors play a vital role in detecting elder abuse that often goes unreported,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo in a statement “In today’s era, financial fraud is the fastest growing form of elder abuse impacting everyone’s security.”

This event is part of the City of Long Beach’s “Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan,” which “addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime,” according to the city. 

The event will also feature an opportunity drawing and a complimentary continental breakfast.

This free event will take place Tuesday, June 21, from 8:00AM to 11:30AM, at El Dorado Park Senior Center, 2800 N. Studebaker Road. Spanish and Khmer interpreters will be available by request. For more event information, contact Christina Boatwright at [email protected] or 562.570.5841.