Moorhead summit aims to create elder abuse awareness

(Moorhead, MN) -- According to studies, 1 in 10 seniors are victims of elder abuse. But experts say the problem is even more widespread. 

"For every reported case of elder abuse, the common understanding is there are multiple other cases that we don't know about. It is a very diverse area of crime unfortunately and abuse and it is one that is often hidden," said Anne Hoefgen, the Executive Director of Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. Hoefgen advocates for elder abuse victims in the Red River Valley. 

Hoefgen says elder abuse comes in many forms including physical, financial and emotional. New scams targeting the elderly also regularly emerge. Cass and Clay Counties are hosting an elder abuse awareness summit. 

The 10th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit and Training has been set for Tuesday, June 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is presented by the Cass and Clay County Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Coalition. This all-day event costs $70 and will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott at 1080 28th Avenue South in Moorhead. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Event registration can be completed online at 

Original Air Date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2022