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Jefferson County Geriatric Interest Network bands together to help raise awareness of elder abuse

March 25, 2013

(Photo by Destiny Pifer/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Monday night, the Jefferson County Geriatric Interest Network conducted a Community Education Night at The Foundry in Reynoldsville for the elderly members of the community.

The purpose of the event was to provide education about elder abuse and ways to prevent it.

The main speaker at the event was Jodi Reitz, protective services supervisor, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging. Reitz informed those in attendance about the different forms of elder abuse and what her organization does to help those being abused.

In attendance were (front row, from left) Jodi August, business development specialist, DuBois Continuum of Care Community Inc.; Kathy Renne, Punxsutawney Area Hospital Counseling Center; Cheryl Muders, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging; Bev Burkett, Highland View Health Care; (back) Reitz; Mary Brown, Community Connections program specialist; Marilyn Greenblatt, community liaison, In Home Solutions; Cortney Ortz, WRC Senior Services; Jeanie Geer, AseraCare Hospice; and Jennifer Poltrack, Mulberry Square.

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