In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office and IHeart Radio will join together to present “Seniors Fighting Back” Expo and Symposium. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at IHeart Radio studios located at 13320 Metro Parkway from 10 a.m. to 1:00pm, with limited seating available.

“Seniors Fighting Back” is geared specifically to older adults, caregivers, and community members concerned about elder exploitation and abuse that have the desire to better understand this complex issue. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and State Attorney Steve Russell will be guest speakers, along with members of their respective Economic Crimes and Elderly Fraud Units.

Local organizations involved in the prevention of and response to elder abuse will also be on-hand to answer your questions and provide information to help you navigate through what is now being called the crime of the 21st century, according to a recent study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute.

Among the government, social service agencies and community organizations participating in “Seniors Fighting Back” will be Adult Protective Services, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Seniors vs. Crime, Florida State Guardianship Association, The Alvin Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership, Senior Service Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Southwest Florida Security Association, Area Agency on Aging Southwest Florida, and the State of Florida Ombudsman Program.

This is a free event with wheelchair accessibility and plenty of parking. Light refreshments provided by Mission BBQ will be served. Seating is very limited so reserve yours today by calling the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 258-3287.