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Commissioners Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lake County

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, June 8, 2023 – June 15, 2023, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On this day, communities across the United States and all over the world, including here in Lake County, will take time to highlight this important social issue affecting some of the most vulnerable in our society. “This is an opportunity for Lake County to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults and raise awareness to ensure security and dignity for all seniors,” said John R. Hamercheck, President of the Board of Lake County Commissioners.

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. Many seniors lack societal supports, making them more vulnerable to abuse and less likely to report maltreatment. “Lake County is not immune to the issue of elder abuse,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminds us to look out for one another. When we come together, we can prevent elder abuse from happening.” Please click here to read the entire press release. 

From the left: Commissioner John Plecnik, Mary Udics, Suzanne Casar, April Haugabrook, Commissioner Richard J. Regovich, Commissioner John R. Hamercheck.