ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Local law enforcement agencies are making strides in organizing community events specifically designed to ensure the safety of senior citizens.

Though criminals target people of all background and ages, a document from the U.S. Department of Justice says, “Researchers estimate that approximately 10% of older adults over age 60 experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year.”

As this is the case, the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office’s (APSO) Community Outreach Division is continuing its tradition of holding a free annual program for citizens 60 years of age and older.

The event is known as the Salt Fall Health Expo and its purpose is to increase awareness of crimes older adults are most likely to face.

The Salt Expo will also shine a light on many of the common health concerns a number of seniors deal with.

But organizers say guests of the event will also enjoy some levity. Those who attend will have an opportunity to win door prizes, eat delicious food, and get to know their neighbors.

The Salt Expo is scheduled to take place 9 a.m., Tuesday, October 11 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is located at 939 S. St. Landry Road in Gonzales.

According to the APSO, any groups who would like to participate as vendors are welcome to reserve a space as long as they do so before the September 27 deadline.

Interested groups should CLICK HERE to access a vendor letter and registration form.

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APSO’s efforts in organizing the free October 11 event are in hopes of creating a safe and enjoyable environment where citizens can learn more about how to stay safe and healthy in an ever-changing world.