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Ceremony Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

Friday, June 15, marked a somber day across the world, as it is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

According to the National Institute of Justice, abuse of the elderly remains an under-reported crime.

Adult protective services workers throughout West Tennessee wore purple to recognize the day. Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris participated in a special program in downtown Jackson. He assisted in tying ribbons around trees and utility poles in the area.

Organizers hope that by having days like this people will be more aware of elder abuse and realize it can happen anywhere. "There are people within our neighborhoods we can check on," said Shelley Matthews, Assistant Director Area Agency on Aging.

Matthews said there are simple things you should look for. They include does it look they're eating? Is there food in the refrigerator? Is the house being kept clean? Are they being taken care of? Are they bathing?

If you know of an elderly person who you think is being abused, call the Tennessee Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-888-277-8366.

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