Waushara County Courthouse staff members gather on the Courthouse steps in their purple gear in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Waushara County employees participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Waushara County em-ployees participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15. WEAAD aims to provide 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. Millions of older adults, from all walks of life, fall prey to financial scams every year. Scams are a significant issue, and many people have been taken advantage of by highly trained and convincing scam artists. Other forms of abuse, such as intimidation, neglect of basic care needs, or theft of money may be committed by an older person’s own family members. Intentionally taking advantage of an older adult is a form of elder abuse, along with physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Learning about elder abuse and common scams targeting seniors is essential in protecting them. Waushara County’s Interdisciplinary Team, “I-Team,” works with the county’s Adult Protective Services (APS) staff to educate the community on prevention of abuse before incidents occur. The TRIAD program, facilitated by Waushara County’s Sheriff’s Department, provides ed-ucation and resources on how to spot and handle a scam before it is too late. Handouts on the top 10 most common scams and other elder abuse materials are available at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, located at the courthouse in Wautoma.

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