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PBPN Social Services Hosts 4th Elder Abuse Awareness Breakfast

PBPN Social Services Hosts 

Elder Abuse Awareness Breakfast

The PBPN Social Service staff, through the Tribal Victim Services program, hosted the fourth annual community Elder Abuse Awareness Breakfast for elders age 50 and over on June 15, 2017. The United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The staff provided pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and fresh fruit to their hungry guests. At the breakfast, attendees age 50 and over registered for door prizes and everyone received a free, collared shirt and coffee cup. Opening the meal, Orville Rice, Jr. provided a prayer and after everyone had eaten Adrian “Gubba” Hale, concluded the event, with a hand drum song for our elders in honor of all they do for the community. 

Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse.

Elder Abuse Defined:
Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, passive neglect, abandonment, deprivation, confinement and financial and pharmaceutical exploitation. Perpetrators include adult children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

Know the Signs:
• Marks on the body, bruises, broken bones, burns, bedsores, poor hygiene, unusual fluctuation in weight
• Unexplained withdrawal, unusual depression, tense relationship with caregiver(s)
• Sudden negative impact to financial resources
• Hearing the elder spoken to with threats, belittling or other means of manipulation and control

Reach Out:
If you suspect immediate, life-threatening danger to an elder call 911. Locally, you may contact the Tribal Victim Services program at PBPN Social Service department for assistance, 785-966-8330 main line or 1-888-966-2932 toll free.

[Information provided by NCOA – National Council on Aging | www.ncoa.org]