Local group that raises awareness of elder abuse

June 14 — TRI-COUNTY – A Tri-County organization hopes to raise awareness of elder abuse in response to World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day.

World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day was established on 15 June 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Abuse of the Elderly and the United Nations World Health Organization and is celebrated annually on Wednesday 15 June.

The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of elder abuse and neglect by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes that influence elder abuse and neglect, according to the National Center for the Awareness site for elder abuse.

The Tri-County Abuse Council for Elders, or TRACE, is a local non-profit organization made up of volunteers from all of Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties, including community representatives, those working in social services, long-term care facilities and health services. at home. as well as those who work for organizations that serve senior citizens.

“We provide information, education, awareness to other people like us, in terms of service providers, professionals, entrepreneurs and of course, our main focus is senior citizens,” said Shawn Bingham, President of TRACE. “This is our drive to educate them to know the issues of elder abuse, how to prevent it or to know what neglect is or to understand what exploitation is. to understand the importance of this “.

TRACE usually holds two events a year, including the annual Elderly Health and Wellness Report and a Christmas Basket program for seniors.

On Wednesday, TRACE Council members will be releasing balloons across Tri-County to help raise awareness of World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day.

“It’s a global issue,” said Cathy Willis, secretary for TRACE. “It can happen anywhere and people will be surprised at what is considered elder abuse; it is not just physical injury, it is abuse of funds or mental abuse.”

“Sometimes families do not realize that their loved ones are being abused,” said April Goodin, a TRACE member. “You can hire a caregiver privately and he can abuse the relationship with him and the families may not realize it, so it’s something you need to realize that can happen. Be vigilant and protect your loved ones because just do not you think it’s a reality. “

TRACE members hope the community will join them in celebrating World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day.

The TRACE Council is always looking for donations, as its organization works exclusively with fundraisers and community donations. TRACE meets on the third Monday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Corbin Center for Senior Citizens and encourages community members to go out and be on board.

For more information or to learn how to donate, visit https://trace002.wixsite.com/trace or follow their Facebook page @TriCountyAbuseCouncilforEldersTRACE.

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