Bringing awareness to elder abuse

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – New data says North Carolina is a hot spot for elder abuse. Organizations in Kinston are coming together to bring awareness to the issue.

“Were all getting older we may have to face this situation,” said Margaret Thorte.

Thorte says she attended the event to learn more information. She says the most disturbing fact was financial crimes against the elderly top the list.

“You don’t want to trust everybody because people because people are very deceitful, a lot of them are deceitful, and they think because you got grey hair and your older, that you can’t make the right decision. At the same time, we know their wrong.”

Imelia Pate says to never give out personal information like a bank account routing number, a social security number, and her biggest tip is “ it’s ok to say no.”

The heat didn’t stop people from walking around the veterans’ home, most of them were seniors. Jessica Adams, the Director of Social Services, says always look out for your older neighbor or friend for physical abuse.

“A lot of times when the elderly population is being abused, there’s actually a lot of physical and emotional signs that you can tell. Unexplained bruising, if they are very anxious or kind of scared acting that’s another sign,” said Adams.

Elder abuse can be physical, like slap marks, emotional or financial. Thorte says she informed her family on signs of elder abuse.

“If I go to a nursing home and you never know, I may get dementia at my age, you don’t ever know and I said at least they can be aware to prepare themselves for what they need to do to make sure that I’m not abused.”

For more information on elder abuse, click here.

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