Thursday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Awareness Committee is inviting the community to participate by wearing a silver ribbon during the month of June.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006. The purpose of this special day is to provide an opportunity to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons in our communities. Every year approximately 5 million older Americans are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Expert believe that for every reported case, as many as 23 cases go unreported. Greenbrier County has a population approaching 29 percent of adults older than 55. This means that many older adults are at risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation in our area. The Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Awareness Committee meets monthly and is working to assist elder victims by promoting awareness, access to services, prosecution of offenders and advocacy for victims and their families.
Packets with posters and ribbons are available, free of cost, at the Greenbrier County Committee on Aging Nutrition Sites at Fairlea and Rupert. Organizations, businesses, schools and churches can pick up a packet and take a united stand against Elder Abuse. In addition, wreaths will be hung at the Courthouse and City Halls in Alderson, Rainelle, Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs. For more information call 304-645-7842.
The Committee thanks everyone for their support of this important issue.