Adult Protective Services in Pontotoc County will commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 22 with a local effort to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect in our community.

Adult Protective Services in Pontotoc County will host Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults: The Growing Epidemic. This training for local financial institutions regarding the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Human Services, 2320 Arlington Suite B, Ada. Representatives from all local financial institutions are invited to attend this discussion on identifying indicators of financial exploitation and strategies that can be used to respond to possible financial exploitation situations. Please RSVP to Cathy Wood at (580) 310-7050 or cathyb.wood@okdhs.org before Tuesday, June 21.

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone? That trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD is in support of the UN’s International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. 

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