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Commissioners Declare June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


PAINESVILLE, OH, June 2, 2022 – June 15, 2022, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day here in Lake County and across our country. It is the time of year when cities and states can take a moment to shed light on this significant issue.  “This is an opportunity for Lake County to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons and raise awareness of elder abuse ensuring security and dignity for all seniors,” said Commissioner Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

Elder abuse is a widespread issue affecting every community across the country. It is estimated that 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Even more alarming is that research suggests that as few as 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever come to the attention of authorities.  “Lake County is not immune to the issue of elder abuse,” said Commissioner Plecnik.  “When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening. We can put support services in place, and direct the necessary community resources.”  Please click here to view the entire press release. Please click here to view the resolution.

From the Left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Senior Services Coordinator Alyea Barajas, Assistant Administrator of Child and Adult Services Division of JFS Mary Udics, Director of Lake County Job and Family Servies Suzanne Casar, Lake County Council on Aging Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Tomsick, and Commissioner John Hamercheck.