Like many states and countries, there is an on-going concern of the growing number of Elder Abuse reports to our county departments of social services. Last year, many reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of elders were reported in North Carolina of which 395 were in Davidson County. Experts believe that for every case reported in the US, 23 go unreported. It is crucial that we all bring awareness and be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Typically each year the Governor of North Carolina signs a proclamation designating Mother’s Day through Father’s Day as “Vulnerable and Elder Abuse Awareness Month”. Like so, a proclamation is signed by the President of the United States proclaiming June 15 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness”.

In an effort to do something unique to raise awareness, in 2013, Senior Services Director, Thessia Everhart-Roberts changed her email font color to purple and placed a logo on outgoing emails and asks others to do the same. Each year, the outpouring of people participating in North Carolina, across the nation, and as far away as Australia and Ireland has been astounding.

Come to the Scotland Neck Senior Center to be a part of this great occasion June 15, 2018 at 11:15 am.