HAZARD — Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander signed a proclamation naming May as Elder Abuse Awareness month at the Perry County Senior Citizens Center on Thursday.
By signing the proclamation, Alexander proclaims that the Perry County Fiscal Court will place the health and well-being of disabled and elderly members of the community as one if its highest priorities.
Director of the Perry County Senior Citizens Center Beth Caudill reiterated Alexander’s sentiment, “They took care of us. We have to take care of them.”
Caudill said if people see or aware of elder abuse, they need to speak up about it. She said that it isn’t just physical abuse seniors suffer, it could also be mental abuse or neglect from family.
“We all have an elderly neighbor. Please go and check on them,” Caudill said.
Alexander said without our elders, we wouldn’t be where we are at today. He said the strides we have made in technology, agriculture, science, region, sports, and education are all thanks to our elders.
“They have a wealth of knowledge. We can learn so much from them,” said Alexander.
Alexander said seniors are one of the most important resources in Perry County and the region. He said the community needs to stand together and protect seniors health, safety, and rights.
He urges all of Perry County citizens to help reduce elder abuse and neglect.
If you believe an elder is being abused or neglected, please call the local Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-877-597-2331. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can remain anonymous with any information you provide.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.