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Seminar meant to stem bullying among senior citizens

April 27, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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The line “bullying will not be tolerated” may bring to mind a junior high school hallway, but a series of seminars throughout May are meant to spread the same message in county senior centers.

Seniors Bullying Seniors is the title of the seminars, which were approved by the county commissioners last month and planned recently by the county Area Agency on Aging.

Beth Herold, the agency's administrator, said a public session for those who work with seniors, clergy, law enforcement or anyone interested in the subject will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at the Vagabond Center off Whitestown Road in Lyndora.

The seminar will be held in each of the eight senior centers in the county as well.

Senior bullying in the form of closed cliques, dirty looks, passive-aggressive interaction, bossing or demanding, gossiping, judgment, exclusion and other forms of unwelcoming behavior has been seen repeatedly in the county's senior centers and high-rise apartment buildings, Herold said.

Terry Mann, the executive director of Lutheran Services Society, which is a division of Lutheran Senior Life, said his personnel last week went to three different senior facilities in three area counties to deal with senior bullying.

“It is like the junior high on steroids,” Herold said of the behavior. “We can't discipline seniors because you don't want to degrade them, but some of this behavior is just not acceptable.”

Read the full story in Monday's Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.