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Scioto County Department of Job & Family Services World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15, 2022



Public Service Announcement


June 15, 2022, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On that day, communities in the USA

and all over the world will sponsor events to highlight solutions to this systemic social

challenge. The Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services is proud to share

multiple educational opportunities to participate in this national conversation.


SCDJFS will present on WNXT’s radio broadcast of Community Corner, discussing the local challenges of elder abuse in Scioto County. There will be an information table set up in the lobby of SCDJFS as well, providing a variety of information for victims, caretakers, and others who may observe warning signs.


Additionally, there will be a social media campaign throughout

the month of June, shared via the facebook page (Scioto County Job and Family Services)

and website (www.SciotoCountyJFS.com).


As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we

allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital,

contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just

as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic

violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also

threatens the well-being of our community.


Our policies and practices make it hard for older people to stay involved with and connected

to our communities as they age. As a result, older people are more likely to experience social

isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. We can design stronger

societal supports to keep our older people connected and protect them from abuse, whether

financial, emotional, physical, or sexual.


When we address a root cause, like social isolation,

we also make it less likely that people will become neglected. Older adults who are socially

connected and protected from harm are less likely to be hospitalized, less likely to go into

nursing homes and less likely to die.


We can and must create healthier and safer living environments for older adults, including

their homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. It is up to everyone to prevent and

address elder abuse.


If you know of someone age 60 or over, who is experiencing abuse,

neglect, and/or financial exploitation, you may make a referral 24/7/365 by calling the

Statewide APS Referral Line at: 1-855-OHIO-APS (1-855-644-6277).


For referrals specific to Scioto County, you may call Scioto County APS Referral Line during

business hours – Monday-Friday from 8am-4:00pm at 1-740-354-6661, Option 1. For

referrals made after business hours, please call the Statewide APS Referral Line.


If you believe that an older person is in a life-threatening situation, contact 911 or the local

police or sheriff’s department.

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