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Volunteers learn about protective services

Blair Senior Services holds in-service

Blair Senior Services Inc. held its Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Program volunteer monthly in-service Jan. 15 at the Hollidays-burg American Legion Post 516 Social Hall.

Natalie Hockenberry from the Protective Services Program at Blair Senior Services Inc. talked about the signs surrounding abuse.

“The majority, if not all of the volunteers, are considered to be older adults and they themselves can be victimized, as well as the people that they are going out and spending time with, like Senior Companions,” Hocken-berry said.

“It can even be anyone they know, people that live in the same apartment building or friends and family. I think it’s important that they have the awareness that abuse happens and it can happen to anyone at any time, and can be in a variety of forms, whether someone is being neglected, exploited, or physically assaulted. I think this population is very active and can truly be advocates for those who may be abused.”

The Foster Grandparent Program as well as the Senior Companion Program is searching for volunteers.

If you are active, independent and searching for a new opportunity to make a difference in your community, contact Angel Dandrea, volunteer program supervisor, at

adandrea@blairsenior.org or 946-1235.

Founded in 1974 as the Area Agency on Aging for Blair County, Blair Senior Services is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to meet the needs of older adults living in Blair County.

In addition, Blair Senior Services serves residents of all ages through diverse programming and contracts that help provide transportation, assessments, and volunteering.

For more information on the Volunteer In-Service or Blair Senior Services Inc.’s volunteer programs, call 946-1235 or visit www.blairsenior.org.

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