What’s Being Done About Elder Abuse

Date: June 25, 2021

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Event Type: Online/Virtual


Eugene, Oregon

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized annually on June 15. How prevalent is elder abuse locally? And how is it addressed? Multiple surveys of seniors show that up to 15% experience abuse every year, yet the problem is vastly under reported. With an estimated 70,000 seniors in Lane County, elder abuse likely affects someone you know but remains largely hidden. In this program Nicole Newell, Adult Protective Services; Bob Morris, Junction City Police Chief; and Brenton Gicker, RN, CAHOOTS, discuss the problems, responses, and interventions available for addressing elder abuse in our community. They describe how each agency responds to concerns, how the agencies collaborate, and how each of us can help with this problem.


Name: Brenton Gicker
Title: RN/EMT-1
Organization: CAHOOTS

Brenton Gicker graduated from the Lane Community College School of Nursing. He is licensed as an Intermediate Level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-I) and a Registered Nurse (RN). He has worked for CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a program of White Bird Clinic, since 2008.

Name: Bob Morris
Title: Police Chief
Organization: Junction City, Oregon

Bob Morris, Junction City’s police chief, has 45 years of experience and training in law enforcement and public safety. He holds executive-level police certification from the Oregon Department of Public Standards and Training, as well as certification in conflict resolution and training. Chief Morris earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in emergency management, communications, and education. Chief Morris has a reputation for his passion and dedication protecting society’s vulnerable populations of children, the elderly, and animals.

Name: Nicole Newell
Title: Manager, Adult Protective Services
Organization: Lane Council of Governments

Nicole Newell is a manager at Adult Protective Services. 

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