Delaware will observe the seventh annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15, with a series of events in the state's three counties. Attorney General Biden, representatives of the Department of Health and Social Services and other state agencies, law enforcement officials and other advocates will take part in the events.
The Delaware events will feature a screening of the documentary "An Age for Justice: Elder Abuse in America," remarks by Biden and his staff, and a representative from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, who will speak about financial fraud crimes against seniors.
Focusing on this year's theme, "Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation" (SAFE), the events are designed to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults and highlight the resources available to victims and their families.
"As a state of neighbors, we watch out for our fellow Delawareans, especially our seniors," Gov. Jack Markell said. "Far too many cases of elder abuse go unreported. If we suspect something is wrong, we want people to act. Our oldest residents are among our greatest treasures. Taking care of them is our collective responsibility. "
At each event Friday, winning entries of the Senior Protection Initiative's annual high school YouTube video contest also will be screened, and a tree will be dedicated as a lasting reminder of the persistent need to combat these crimes within families and in Delaware's communities. The trees were donated by the Delaware Center for Horticulture.