Pike Area Agency on Aging organizes 9th Annual Elder Justice Day

The 9th annual Elder Justice Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the Matamoras Fire House, 506 Avenue Q, Matamoras, PA. This year’s event will center around the topics of ‘Self-Care to Avoid Self Neglect’ and ‘Cybersecurity and Online Safety’.

Each year, the Pike County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) holds Elder Justice Day to educate and prevent Pike County seniors from abuse or exploitation, by partnering with leaders and experts from across the state to provide stimulating and empowering presentations.

Tracy Simon, Protective Services Care Manager said, “Recently, the office has seen an uptick in cases of seniors being scammed via their computers and the internet. We felt having Cybersecurity and Online Safety as one of this year’s Elder Justice Day’s focus areas would be very beneficial. Our speakers will educate seniors on how to identify those cyber threats and keep finances secure.”

In addition to the presentations, this free event will consist of a continental breakfast, lunch, raffle drawings, and more. Many local vendors and service providers will be at Elder Justice Day to provide resources on the services they offer. This year, the AAA has sponsored a shredder for on-site disposal of personal information. The Drug Take Back program will also be at Elder Justice Days for attendees to safely dispose of unused or expired medication.

All older adults are welcome to attend this free educational event. Pike County residency is not required.

Although there is no cost associated with attendance, registration is required. Contact the AAA at (570) 775-5550 to secure your spot at the 9th Annual Elder Justice Day!

Transportation to the event can also be coordinated by contacting Pike County Transportation at (570) 296-3408.

Elder Justice Day is organized by the Pike County Elder Abuse Task Force. The task force was established in 2013 with the mission of educating the public on recognizing, preventing and reporting cases of elder abuse. If you know or suspect an elderly person is being harmed, contact the Pike County Elder Abuse Task Force: 1-800-233-8911.