By Christopher Oak Reinier

June 15 has been designated by the United Nations as Elder Abuse Day throughout the world. Here in the West County Area last year 180 cases of elder abuse were reported.  More are expected this year.  And, of course, many are not reported.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder or dependent abuse or neglect contact one of the agencies listed below.  They will investigate and your report is confidential.

Adult Protective Services: 707 565-5940 or 24 hour hotline – 800 667-0404.  District Attorney’s Office, Elder Protection Unit: 707 565-2311.  Sonoma County Sheriff Department: 707 565-2121

In case of emergency call 911.