June 15, 2017 was declared Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Clermont County by the Clermont County Commissioners. In 2016, Adult Protective Services reported 257 allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation of older adults in Clermont County. These numbers are expected to rise as the county’s more than 30,000 older adults will increase in number by 120% between 2010 and 2020.
Protecting our older adults is a community responsibility and it is imperative that communities work together to help reduce and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation. Clermont Senior Services serves as an advocate for the elderly and encourages all citizens to watch for signs of abuse and report it to the Department of Jobs and Family Services.
In observance of this day, Clermont Senior Services staff wore purple along with members of the C.A.P.S Team. The C.A.P.S Team (Community Advocacy and Protection for Seniors) mission is to prevent, recognize and end abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults through community partnership, education and advocacy. The education and outreach committee of the C.A.P.S Team is available to speak to groups of any size in order to educate people about recognizing abuse.