Wood Co. Committee on Aging: Report elder abuse 24/7

        In observance National Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the Wood County Committee on Aging encourages everyone to wear purple throughout the month to bring attention to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
        In Wood County there were 284 reports of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in 2019.
        Reports of elder abuse are expected to rise as the population of those 60 years of age and over continues to grow., WCCOA Program & Outreach Specialist Liz Lauck said.
        Some indicators of elder abuse may include an older adult appearing fearful, anxious or isolated. There may be physical injuries or it may appear that the person is neglecting his or her personal care. Other indicators might include missing possessions, financial transactions that are out of the ordinary or sudden changes to a will or property title. Risk of abuse can be mitigated by making certain financial, medical, and legal affairs are in order.
        If you suspect abuse of an older adult, call the Wood County’s Adult Protective Services hotline at 419-354-9669 or 888-860-4136 to make a report. The line is open 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.
Call the Wood County Adult Protective Services hotline at 419-354-9669 or 888-860-4136 24/7 to report elder abuse. (Submitted photo)


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