Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment of a series of regular columns designed to report to the senior citizens of Athens County items of interest from the Athens County Council on Aging (ACCOA).

Seniors are sometimes the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Often they are the target of scams. In an effort to confront this elderly abuse, the Ohio TRIAD was formed. The TRIAD is composed of law enforcement, community groups, and seniors. The Athens County SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council works to inform seniors of the scams and crimes that target them. This is one of the working groups of the Ohio TRIAD. The Athens County SALT Council meets the third Thursday of each month in room C of the Athens Community Center at 12:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

The Ohio TRIAD holds an Ohio TRIAD Senior Conference once a year. This year the conference will held here in Athens on Thursday, July 18. It will meet at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State Street. The gathering will start at 8 a.m. with a sign-in, meet and greet, and breakfast. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. Among the speakers will be Usrel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department on Aging. There will also be presentations by the health department, some local doctor offices, the Unites States postal service, and law enforcement. Lunch will be provided by the Texas Roadhouse, and door prizes will be given. The conference is scheduled to end by 3 p.m. County residents aged 50 and older are invited to attend. Attendance is free, but reservations are necessary. To register, please contact Joni Allbaugh at 740-566-4381, or email her at jallbaugh@athenssheriff.com.

One of the programs provided by OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital is SeniorBEAT (Be Educated and Active Together). This program offers educational seminars, social gatherings, and exercise classes to seniors 55 and older in Athens and the surrounding area. SeniorBEAT is considering starting a program in the Nelsonville area. They are looking for input from the seniors in the Nelsonville area as to what their wants and needs are. To that end, they have scheduled a “listening session”, to be held at the Nelsonville library on Wednesday, July 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. All seniors in the Nelsonville area are invited to attend.

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