Missourians show support for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

1 week 6 days 8 hours ago June 15, 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Thursday, June 15 2017 Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:22:00 PM CDT in News
By: Joey Schneider and Ally Wallenta, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Missourians gathered on Thursday at the State Capitol to observe International Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

In a news release, Lt. Governor Mike Parson said, “Missouri is home to over 1.3 million seniors, and the number of elder abuse cases in our state rises each year.” He encouraged residents in Jefferson City to take part in recognizing senior safety.   

In 2016, the Department of Health and Senior Services investigated more than 40,000 reports of abuse involving seniors and adults with disabilities living in the community.

Director of Senior and Disability Services Celesta Hartgraves said there are more than five million reported cases of elderly abuse each year. She also said for every one case that’s reported, there are 23 cases that go unreported.

“It may just make someone stop and think about an elderly person they know that they may have had a concern about,” Hartgraves said. “It may make them realize they can have someone they can contact or call if they have questions or concerns to talk about those concerns.”

This was the first year individuals placed pinwheels in the ground at the Department of Health and Senior Services office.

“The pinwheels are in recognition of every individual we’ve had a report of abuse or neglect on here in Cole County that are placed on the ground here in Jefferson City,” Hartgraves said.

The department partnered with Jefferson City High School’s Lady Jays Golf team to help raise awareness at the State Capitol.

More than thirty people handed out ribbons and posters emblazoned with the color purple, which symbolizes the awareness of elder abuse, the effects of abuse, neglect and bullying.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day was first recognized in 2006 as part of the United Nations International Plan of Action that sees elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

To report a senior or disabled adult who has been abused one could call the Department's Adult Abuse and Neglect toll-free hotline at 1-800-392-0210.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia tweeted in its page a reminder for Columbia residents that shooting fireworks is not... More >>
1 hour ago June 29, 2017 Jun 29, 2017 Thursday, June 29 2017 Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:15:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Regional Airport is almost fully equipped to handle to the increased traffic that comes with a... More >>
7 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:45:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is now less than two months away and people are beginning to plan. ... More >>
8 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:10:00 PM CDT in Eclipse Planning
BYRNES MILL (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is charged with forcing his daughter to sleep in a dog crate... More >>
8 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:35:10 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — University of Missouri System officials are no longer counting on state funding to help build an... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:23:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Two big questions still loom in the case involving a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper and a man... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:21:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Linn, St. Robert, and Ellington will close permanently on Saturday, July... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:18:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A special task force aimed at evaluating transportation in the state and addressing funding issues met Wednesday... More >>
10 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A jail inmate who escaped from a hospital has been arrested at a mobile home park in... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County is heading east. 75 county officials will travel to Maryland this fall to train with... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:08:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County sheriff’s detectives arrested a second suspect Wednesday morning in connection with a shooting that wounded two... More >>
11 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea... More >>
12 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:26:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was hit by a car Wednesday morning. Fulton... More >>
12 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS — Ryan Ferguson has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police, nearly four years after his 40-year... More >>
13 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:44:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA -Multiple funerals took place on Wednesday at Sen. Roy Blunt's Columbia office. CoMo for Progress, a liberal group,... More >>
14 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri , man is jailed on $150,000 bond after being accused of a... More >>
16 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:43:53 AM CDT in News
CHARLESTON (AP) — A judge has dismissed an assault charge against a southeastern Missouri sheriff being investigated in the death... More >>
17 hours ago June 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Wednesday, June 28 2017 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:22:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As construction continues in the downtown area, workers are finding it difficult to be around. "It's making... More >>
1 day ago June 27, 2017 Jun 27, 2017 Tuesday, June 27 2017 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:57:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
3am 75°
4am 75°
5am 73°
6am 72°