BREVARD COUNTY ― We sometimes fail to acknowledge there are many social issues that allow older members of society to be abused or neglected. Our older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. We have confronted and addressed many other social issues that affect members of our community, and we need to find solutions to address issues like elder abuse. Nationally, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be observed on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

In Brevard County, the Department of Children and Families, Brevard County TRIAD and Brevard Commission on Aging will be hosting the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event. The event will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., in Melbourne. Admission, parking and breakfast and lunch are free to all attendees.

This year’s Brevard County event will provide the community with information on resources available to assist them. Exhibitors will include: memory screenings, caregiver information, local law enforcement and public safety providers, community service resource providers, local pharmacies, meal providers and transportation providers with options and solutions.

Every year, nearly five million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose more than $2.6 billion annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for their basic needs. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

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