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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Recognized in South Carolina



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Recognized in South Carolina

June 14, 2024- The South Carolina Department of Social Services recognized June 14th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in South Carolina. The day is set aside as an opportunity to raise awareness of the abuse and victimization of older adults in our society. Abuse can be physical and emotional. It can also be neglect or financial exploitation.

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the public is encouraged to wear purple clothing or a purple ribbon. The color symbolizes the continuing problem of elder abuse around the world.

“Our senior citizens set an example for all of us through their decades of hard work and sacrifice. They should be able to enjoy their golden years without fear of victimization. But it takes all of us. Our seniors deserve our respect, our admiration, and our assistance in any way we can provide,” said Michael Leach, DSS State Director.

On June 14th at 9 am, a walk was held outside the DSS State Office at 1535 Confederate Avenue in Columbia to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Photos and video are available from the walk for use. 

“At DSS we believe that older adults should live their lives free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and the fact that they are aging should never change their fundamental rights as humans and citizens of this state,” said Kelly Cordell, DSS Director for Adult Advocacy. “It is our hope that awareness events, such as this walk, will bring increased attention to the issue, as well as remind the public of the resources available for help.”

To learn more about Adult Protective Services and how to report the suspected neglect or abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, click here.



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