WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
On Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. the Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas signed a proclamation proclaiming:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 as
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In conjunction with this event, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office will host a training event for law enforcement officers to raise awareness of this often unreported crime.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe will kick off the training with some opening comments about this awareness campaign. The comments will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 200 in the Johnson County Administration Building. The media and the public are welcome to attend.
Elder abuse encompasses many different types of harm, including physical, emotional and financial abuse. Harm can occur in the home, the community and institutional settings. Warning signs of abuse may include:
- A senior who seems nervous or afraid of the person accompanying him/her.
- A companion behaving suspiciously.
- Isolation of a senior or their regular schedule changes drastically.
- A senior being encouraged to withdraw a large sum of money.
District Attorney Steve Howe urges citizens to contact local law enforcement, the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-922-5330 or the Johnson County District Attorney’s Economic Fraud Hotline at 913-715-3140 if they suspect elder abuse is occurring.
The symbol of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a purple ribbon. Show the world you care about ending elder abuse and neglect by wearing purple on June 15, 2011.