By RealWV staff,
On June 15, community leaders gathered at the Modlin Track beside the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center to raise awareness about elder abuse. Hosted by the Family Refuge Center and the Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Awareness Committee, citizens were invited to walk the track and learn about the pervasiveness of elder abuse.
According to organizers, there are seven main types of elder abuse–physical, psychological, sexual, financial, healthcare fraud, emotional, and neglect.
One in ten Americans who are over the age of 60 have experienced one form of elder abuse.
However, only one out of every 24 cases are ever reported to law enforcement or social services.
Numerous individuals and organizations attended this week’s walk in support of the committee’s efforts. “Walking tacos” were available as a snack while walking the track. Girl Scout Troop 31919 provided lemonade. And several health care providers disseminated informational materials.
If you are aware of elder abuse, please contact the Family Refuge Center at 304-645-6324 or call the elder abuse hotline to make a report with state authorities at 1-800-352-6513.