Elder abuse awareness month is quickly approaching and there are several ways you can become more involved and educated.
Senior citizens are thankful to have a safe place to meet everyday and friends to share their time with. But other elders throughout eastern Kentucky and the country are dealing with a growing problem.
Elder abuse is something that affects us all," says Stacie Noble of KRADD. "It can affect your parents it can affect your grandparents and create awareness in the community on who to report to what the physical signs are."
There are several ways noble says elders are abused. Some are physically abused while others are taken advantage of through financial scams.
"My recommendation is never ever give any personal information over the phone your bank already has that information and will not be calling to get that information," says Janice Brafford-King of Community Trust Bank.
"If at any time you do happen to give out some information contact your bank immediately and we'll try to get that account closed."
She says bank employees are always willing to look at letters asking for money or answer any questions you may have. And members of the kentucky river council against maltreatment of elders say it's important to make yourself aware of uniforms worn by police and other legitimate groups so you don't let anyone into your home that doesn't belong there. One thing everyone should do is report possible elder abuse to authorities.
She also asks you to report elder abuse and you can remain anonymous.
For more information about the Kentucky River Council Against Maltreatment of Elders you can call 436-3158.