City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with multiple events

The City of Independence is joining communities across the nation and around the world in recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day the week of June 15, 2019.

On Monday, June 3, Mayor Eileen Weir read and signed a proclamation designating June 15, 2019, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in the City of Independence, signifying the City’s understanding of the need to raise awareness and help prevent elder abuse.

According to the Administration of Community Living, as many as 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected each year, and only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse or neglect ever comes to the attention of authorities.

The City of Independence will host three World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events the week of June 15:

  • Lunch and Learn: Join us from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Palmer Center for a Lunch and Learn focused on the City’s Community for All Ages goals and topics related to adult abuse.
  • Guest Speaker: Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Palmer Center for guest speakers Todd Hurt, Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, and Chris Marlow, Missouri Securities Division, who will discuss recognizing and preventing financial exploitation of elderly persons and persons with a disability.

You can learn more about Independence’s commitment to creating a Community for All Ages at indep.us/communityforallages.