Criminals who prey on the elderly deserve a special place in Hell. While he can't send them to eternal damnation, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn is focused on stopping them now.

Since taking office, Quinn has paid special attention to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. His approach is to educate the public about their vulnerabilities and the criminals who are looking to exploit those vulnerabilities in advance to prevent crimes. He has partnered with organizations and the media to spread his educational message.

With that in mind, D.A. Quinn has an annual event at White's of Westport for senior citizens and their caregivers. The Bristol County Celebration of Seniors is today, June 14 at 9 am. The event is 100 percent free to the public.

There is a free breakfast for seniors at the start of the conference.

In addition to hearing from District Attorney Quinn, the attendees will hear from Elizabeth Cen of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. There will more than 90 resource tables at the event to explain available options and services for the elderly.

I will be broadcasting live from the event from 10 a.m. to noon. Last year, I had a long and productive conversation with the financial crimes expert, Michael Scott, from the Bristol County District Attorney's office. He explained the warning signs of elder abuse and the services the DA's office can provide.

This is a great event and it is more than just doom and gloom. It is about the best ways elderly folks can enjoy their golden years while being kept safe.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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