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World Elder Abuse Awareness

 

June 18, 2020

Photo courtesy of the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin

Every year, the Green County EAP I-Team sponsors a coloring contest in participating local schools to bring awareness. Participants ranged from 3 to 13 years of age.

Around 1 in 6 older Americans experience some kind of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation each year. Your mother, father, grandmother, neighbor, friend, and/or loved one could be a victim. Change starts with one person and their actions.

Green County formed the Elder Abuse Prevention (EAP) I-Team to raise awareness and educate the community. The Green County EAP is made up of passionate community members, local banks, law enforcement, agency providers, medical providers, and many more organizations. We discuss interventions, ways to create awareness where needed, and continue to educate our group about the changes and cases taking place in and around Green County. In 2019 alone, Green County received 177 reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect of Green County seniors.

Every year, the Green County EAP I-Team sponsors a coloring contest for fifth/sixth/seventh (depending on the school) grade children in participating local schools to bring awareness to the younger people on what elder abuse is and what to do if they do witness some sort of elder abuse. In addition, we have students from Monroe High School's art class create a design for our yearly 'World Elder Abuse Awareness Day' t-shirts. Winners are presented with award baskets or gift cards donated by our local businesses and organizations. However, due to COVID-19, our team had to readjust this year's awareness plan with the coloring contest. With social media postings and internal messaging throughout the I-Team and county, we received several wonderful coloring page submissions for the contest. A special thanks goes out to all children who contributed in the coloring contest.

Help our community and look out for our elderly. Be the person to start the change!

For more information or to report a concern, call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 1-800-514-0066 or http://www.adrcwwi.org.

 
 

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