For every incident of elder abuse reported, there are about 23 that go unreported, according to the Alliance on Aging, and on this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, officials are reaching out to seniors to educate them on their resources.
In Montgomery County, police, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Health and Human Services and fire and rescue teamed up in 1999 to form the Elder Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force.
They hosted the 7th annual Senior Safety Forum Wednesday, encouraging people to not let pride get in the way of getting help.
Tables lined the Rockville Senior Center, presenting information on topics ranging from gentle yoga to transportation and Hospice.
“Most importantly, we want people to not feel ashamed to come forward,” said Debbie Feinstein, Senior Assistant, Montgomery County’s State’s Attorney’s Office. “So many seniors do not report what’s going on.”
In Montgomery County, the 60-and-over population is nearly 19 percent of the area’s total population.