Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World Elder-Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2010

Did you already know that June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day? Probably not, because elder abuse is not something one wants to think about or talk about. But it does happen and it happens in Sheboygan County.

Elder abuse happens to both men and women and isn't always something you can see. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, neglect and self-neglect. If you are a victim of elder abuse, please be aware that there is help and support for you. Reach out. You do not have to go through this alone.

If you think you know someone who is being abused, be supportive and talk to him or her. Whatever the circumstances there is help and support available by calling Safe Harbor at (920) 452-7640 any time of day or night. You can also call the Sheboygan County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (920) 467-4100. All calls are confidential.

Everyone should take one minute out of your busy life on today and reflect on the reality that at that particular moment an elder, somewhere in the world or in Sheboygan County, could be being abused.

Karen Lemkuil

Elder Abuse Specialist,
Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County


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