YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services’ Adult Protective Services hosted an event aimed at educating the public about the problem.
The event was held at the Covelli Centre on Wednesday morning and included different vendors, speakers and raffles. Organizers says the best advice if you suspect elder abuse is to tell someone.
“If it is suspected that someone is being abused, please call our office at Mahoning County Department of Jobs and Family Services and simply ask for the Adult Protective Services Unit,” said Krishmu Shipmon, of Adult Protective Services.
The agency investigates every allegation of elder abuse. You can contact the county’s Adult Protective Services department at 330-884-6952 or after 4 p.m. at 330-747-2696.
To recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Ohio Attorney General asked that people wear purple to symbolize the victim’s experience and hope for the future. The Ohio Attorney General also recommended the following to protect against elder abuse:
- Contact older family members, friends, or neighbors. Keeping in touch with older adults can make it easier to recognize signs of potential abuse. Pay attention to changes in an older adult’s personality, behavior, physical appearance or financial activity.
- Share resources with your community. Community groups in Ohio can request a free elder justice presentation from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Presentations address the signs of elder abuse and tools to help stop it. Call the Help Center at 800-282-0515 to learn more about services or to make a request.
On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also announced a $738,000 grant to support a statewide project of Pro Seniors and Ohio’s legal aids to provide free legal assistance to older Ohioans. The funding will support a telephone-based legal hotline and direct civil legal guidance and assistance to Ohioans age 60 and older.
Those who want to learn more or seek assistance should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.