Chero­kee County ob­serves El­der Abuse Day

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Older peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties have rights in­clud­ing a right to be safe and to be treated with dig­nity and re­spect; how­ever, thou­sands of adults who have dis­abil­i­ties are abused, ne­glected, and ex­ploited in Alabama each year.

To help raise aware­ness of el­der abuse, com­mu­ni­ties and pro­fes­sion­als across the na­tion and the world unite an­nu­ally on June 15 to ob­serve World El­der Abuse Aware­ness Day. Ac­tivi- ties in Chero­kee County in­clude ask­ing our com­mu­nity mem­bers to join us in wear­ing pur­ple to pro­mote aware­ness of el­der abuse, ne­glect, and ex­tor­tion in our county.

June 15 is also the day set aside to pro­mote this year’s na­tional theme, Fin­ish this Sen­tence Cam­paign, “We Can Build Strong Sup­ports for El­ders by…..” One sim­ple thing ev­ery­one can do on June 15 to raise aware­ness of el­der abuse is wear the color pur- ple. Pur­ple is the color na­tion­ally rec­og­nized to rep­re­sent el­der abuse aware­ness.

“Be­cause the el­derly are of­ten de­pen­dent on oth­ers for their care and may be­come iso­lated, they are pri­mary tar­gets for abuse, ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion,” said Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor Kristie Crabtree. “Sadly, vic­tims are most of­ten abused, ne­glected and ex­ploited by in­di­vid­u­als who are known and trusted by the el­derly per­son,” added Di­rec­tor Kristie Crabtree. “Our com­mu­nity part­ners can help by re­port­ing sus­pected abuse, ne­glect, and ex­ploita­tion and by as­sist­ing DHR in ar­rang­ing ser­vices to pro­tect those in­di­vid­u­als who can­not pro­tect them­selves. They are es­sen­tial to as­sist­ing DHR in en­sur­ing the safety and well­be­ing of the el­derly.”

Please see EL­DER A8

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