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Northern Kentucky Group Launches Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign; Citizens asked to wear a silver ribbon

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042; Pat Schneider, (859) 292-7968  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2006) – Wearing a silver ribbon can help Northern Kentuckians bring awareness to elder abuse this month. 

The Elder Maltreatment Alliance (EMA) of Northern Kentucky is promoting a communitywide “Silver Ribbon” campaign to spread the word about elder abuse and encourage increased reporting of suspected abuse.

All month, EMA members are distributing elder abuse fact sheets along with ribbons that bear the phrase “Report It.”

“Elder abuse can be a topic people shy away from,” said EMA council member Pat Schneider. “Wearing the ribbon may prompt discussions about the problem, how to recognize it and how community members can work together to prevent it.”

The region’s eight county judge-executives were asked to sign proclamations designating May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month and Older Americans Month.

EMA members are increasing their outreach efforts this month and are available to talk to local groups about elder abuse prevention.

“This campaign gets the entire region involved in elder abuse education,” said Eugene Foster, Ed.D., the cabinet’s undersecretary for children and family services. “Better awareness will lead to better reporting. That’s one of our best resources in keeping our loved ones safe.”

The Northern Kentucky EMA is one of the state’s 39 Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse (LCCEAs), which came under joint leadership of the Area Agencies on Aging and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Adult Protective Services staff in 2002. Members include cabinet staff, law enforcement officers, business leaders, health care providers and advocates for the elderly.

EMA covers the eight-county region of Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Pendleton and Owen.

For more information about the “Silver Ribbon” campaign, call Schneider at (859) 292-7968, or e-mail her at pschneider@seniorservicesnky.org. Learn more about elder abuse online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/eaa/.

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Last Updated 5/18/2006