OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Community members of Lee and Russell counties met on the steps of the Justice Center in Opelika Friday afternoon to commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
Jackie Pinkard, Director of the Area Agency on Aging for Lee-Russell Council of Governments, says last year more than 18,000 elder abuse cases were investigated according to the Department of Human Resources and for every one case reported at least 23 go unreported.
Pinkard says the most common forms of elder abuse are physical and financial. "It's important because elders are suffering every day, most of them are suffering at the hands of their children and we need to stop this epidemic."
Community members wore purple ribbons today in honor of our elders and released purple balloons up in the air.