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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell

Date: March 28, 2011


Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse

WILMINGTON - The Department of Health and Social Services is calling on young people to help raise the awareness of the problem of elder abuse and neglect.

Students enrolled in state high schools or home schooled in Delaware are encouraged to enter the YouTube contest, "Connecting Generations: Compassion in Action."

"It's important for everyone to know about elder abuse," says Rita M. Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. "Bringing the issue to the attention of our young people can only serve to heighten awareness and help protect one of our most valuable, but often vulnerable, populations."

Students are asked to work individually or in teams to raise awareness by producing a 30-second- to two minute video that illustrates the theme "Connecting Generations: Compassion in Action" as a way of spreading the message to encourage the reporting of senior citizen abuse to police or Delaware's Senior Abuse Hotline at (800) 223-9074.

The contest runs through April 15. Information on how to sign up can be found at Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.