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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2018

Join the List of Community Partners that are Supporting Elder Abuse Prevention and Wearing Purple!

Elder Care

Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Elders throughout the U.S. lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and medical care. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. This day provides an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

Elder ABuse Awareness Ribbon

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or "trusted" individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to an older adult.

Who is at Risk?

Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

What should I do if I suspect Elder Abuse?

Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don't assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. 
In cases of immediate danger, call 911. In Marathon, Lincoln and Langlade counties, you can call Adult Protective Services of North Central Health Care at 715.841.5160  or Toll-Free 1.855.487.3338. 

For help outside this area, please call and Eldercare Locator at 1.800.677.1116 to be connected with your local reporting agency. You can also find more information about elder abuse and reporting resources on the Report Elder Abuse Wisconsin website by clicking here

Upcoming Events To Raise Awareness of Elder Abuse in June

June 11, 2018
11:30 am – Kick-Off at the Marathon County Courthouse, Wausau
10:00 am – Purple Pin Wheel’s planted at Lincoln and Langlade County Courthouses 
10:00 am – Presentation at Jenny Towers, Merrill, “Schemes and Scams”
12:30 pm – Parade to the Wausau Fire station to Plant Purple Pin Wheels
6:00 pm – Presentation at the Marathon County Library, Wausau Branch, “Schemes and Scams”

June 12, 2018
9:00 am – Proclamation by Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt, Antigo Domestic Shelter
7:00 pm – Proclamation signing by Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke, Wausau City Council Meeting

June 13, 2018
6:00 pm – See the WEAAD Booth at the “Concert on the Square” in Wausau

June 14, 2018
10:00 am – Presentation at the Marathon County Library, Wausau Branch, “Schemes and Scams”
10:00 am – Informational Booth at Langlade County Meal Site, Saints Mary & Hyacinth Church, Antigo 
7:00 pm – Proclamation by Marathon County Board, Marathon County Courthouse – Assembly Room, Wausau

June 15, 2018
10:00am-2:00pm – Antigo Public Library, Informational Booth

June 18, 2018
6:00 pm – Presentation at the Antigo Public Library, “Schemes and Scams”

Learn more about the Red Flags of Abuse!

For concerns regarding Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln County Residents, please call:
715.841.5160 or 1.855.487.3338 Toll Free   
or visit Adult Protective Services on our website.