ROCKDALE COUNTY PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 25th, 2023
ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. – The Olivia Haydel Senior Center was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for elder abuse awareness and prevention. The award was presented by the Rockdale County PEARL (Protecting our Elderly and At-Risk with Resources for Better Living) Program at their annual senior luncheon on August 10.
PEARL increases awareness of abuse and safeguards the vulnerable members of our community. Senior Services, a member of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), provides specific resources and case management for elderly and disabled adults who are affected by exploitation and neglect. PEARL Coordinator Bernadette Synder says, “The greatest thing about teamwork is that you always have great people on your side” regarding the program’s success.
The Olivia Haydel Senior Center is part of the Senior Services umbrella organization that has been part of the Rockdale County government for over 35 years. Senior Services is a proud Division of the Parks and Recreation Department and provides creative outlets, activities, and resources for residents aged 60 and over.
Residents who need to report adult abuse or neglect or desire more information about the PEARL program may call 770-278-8216.
For additional information about Senior Services and the many programs available, call 770-278-7230 or visit www.rockdalecountyga.gov.