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EMBARGOED until 10:30 a.m., June 20, 2014

Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or (cell) 402-450-7318, or
Note to editor:  TRIAD Coordinator Lily Hans will receive the first annual Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year award for southeast Nebraska on Friday, June 20th, at 10 a.m. at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 O St., Lincoln. You are invited to attend. Additional information follows.
Lily Hans Presented Award for Work to Prevent Elder Abuse 
Lincoln – Lily Hans, coordinator at TRIAD, was presented Friday (6/20) with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services first southeast Nebraska Annual Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year award.
The award was presented to Hans by Aging Partners Director June Pederson. In addition, a statewide award was presented to Lincoln Police Department Investigator Cindy Koenig-Warnke. Both awards are part of DHHS’ observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Hans was one of the key movers of the development in Lincoln of TRIAD, a three-way effort by the Lancaster County Sheriff, Lincoln Police Department and seniors to reduce criminal victimization of older citizens and to enhance delivery of law enforcement services.
Over the 18 years of TRIAD’s existence, Hans has remained the driving force for volunteers who educate elders about scams and frauds directed at seniors, Pederson said. TRIAD began a speakers bureau to reach out to organizations with information about scams, how to report them and how elders can protect themselves.
TRIAD also promoted the use of File of Life, a red plastic envelope which attaches to a refrigerator containing medical information for emergency personnel when a senior is unable to provide it. Today, the envelope is distributed at fire stations across Lincoln.
“Lily’s passion for educating seniors about crimes in our community has been helpful to stop many attempts to victimize local seniors,” Pederson said. “Her presentations and dedication to TRIAD have made a real difference in the lives of the elderly in our community, and have helped to educate them and the community as a whole about elder abuse and its warning signs.”
The Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year award is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize Nebraskans across the state who work to protect the elderly.
Other recipients of the Elder Abuse Prevention of the Year award, include:  Thelma Whitewater, northeast Nebraska; Sheila Kennedy, central Nebraska; Michael Dehart, southeast Nebraska; and Omaha Police Department Detective Richard Belik, eastern Nebraska.