Film aims to spread word on elder abuse

The film “Koi, Like the Fish,” intended to promote awareness of elder abuse, will be featured in a program to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Christ the King Church hall in Kahului.

Following the film, a discussion on preventing elder abuse will be held, including how to teach older adults, their families and caregivers to recognize when someone needs help and how to go about providing it.

The film, based on a play by Keali’iwahine Hokoana, addresses issues such as caregiver burnout, abuse in different forms and the challenges of coping with life’s hardships.

Those participating in the discussion include the Maui County Office on Aging, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Adult Protective Services, Maui Police Department, Mediation Services of Maui, Victim Witness Assistance, and Mental Health America of Hawaii.

The event is sponsored by the Maui County Office on Aging and Christ the King Church.

The free film event is open to the public, but due to strong language and intense scenes it is not recommended for children under age 13.

For more information, call the Office on Aging at 270-7349 or the church at 877-6098.