The Health and Wellness Coalition of Dickinson County along with the Quality of Life Coalition (Fiscal Agent) was awarded a grant from The Community Foundation of Dickinson County to help establish the Share-a-Bike Program at Little Ike Park in Abilene with the intention of reaching out to other communities in the future. The program was launched in August 2014 at Little Ike Park.
Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
More than 1 in 10 elders are victimized. Increase Awareness of the growing problem of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation.
- Educational seminar addressing elder abuse and how to recognize and report incidents of abuse, were presented in Abilene, Chapman, Herington, and Solomon.
- Talked about how a person can make a difference, Recognize and Report incidents of abuse, recent changes in the law (Senate Bill 256), and what happens after a report has been made and the County Attorney’s role. Presenters were: John Barker, State Representative, 70th District, and Andrea Patrick, Assistant Dickinson County Attorney.
- Elder Abuse pamphlet was developed and printed as an educational tool for distribution throughout Dickinson County.
- Elder Abuse poster, with reporting contact information, is attached for printing.
Elder abuse is something that we don’t like to talk about, but we need to break the silence. The elders in our community need our help. We should do our part to increase awareness and protect our elders so that they age with dignity and respect.
Victims are often afraid to speak out because the abuser is a family member or caregiver on whom they depend. That’s why it’s up to everyone to be aware of potential abuse.
Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone?
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.
Activities our community members can do to help prevent elder abuse:
- Watch out for older neighbors, friends, and family members who may be vulnerable.
- Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect
- Call or visit an older loved one and ask how he or she is doing
- Provide a respite break for a caregiver
- Ask your bank manager to train staff on how to spot elder financial abuse
- Ask your doctor to ask older adult patients about possible family or caregiver mistreatment
- “Tell Two Friends” about elder abuse, and ask them to tell two friends, and so on…
- Memorize the Kansas Protective Services hotline 1-800-922-5330 (add to you contacts)
Prevent Elder Abuse: Identify it! Report It! Stop It!