Hundreds of folks laced up their sneakers for a special walk to stomp out elder abuse in Onslow County.
The annual walk is held in the Jacksonville Commons and falls on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“North Carolina recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day each year,” Angelia Pridgen, Eastern Carolina Council, said. “It’s important to get the word out that elder abuse exists and that it is an issue. We want to prevent it, bring awareness and have resources for people to reach out and contact someone for support.”
One in ten Americans over 60 has experienced some form of elder abuse. Organizers hope that by getting folks to talk about the issue, more of them will report abuse happening to their loved ones.
“There are many different kinds of abuse,” Lisa Mobley, Onslow Co. Senior Services, said. “There’s neglect, extortion, physical and mental abuse, and we offer resources for citizens in the community.”
The event was hosted by The Eastern Carolina Council, Onslow County Consolidated Human Services and Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Every year an estimated five million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.