DSS staff helps bring awareness to elder abuse

Members of the Currituck County Department of Social Services helped raise awareness of the mistreatment and neglect of adults by participating in the World Elder Abuse Awareness Walk. This special event was held in Elizabeth City on Friday, May 31 and hosted by the Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging. Currituck staff at the event included Carla Mebane, Lori Langley, Natalize Wisz, Toni Midgett, and Krista Hair.

The event aims to promote a better understanding of elder abuse and neglect, and is part of a global effort to prevent violence towards adults. The United Nations recognizes June 15, 2019 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the U.N., around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences.

The Currituck County Department of Social Services has an Adult Protective Services staff that can help in situations where elder abuse may be occurring. This service is intended to provide protection to elderly and/or disabled adults who are unable to protect themselves from being abused, neglected, or exploited by a caretaker or themselves. To report this type of situation or to gather more information, contact Social Services at 252-232-3083.