By Kamela Easlic
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is a day to bring awareness to abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life Elder abuse is underreported, can happen to anyone, and costs an estimated $2.6 billion each year.
What can you do to ensure this day of awareness becomes a year of advocacy? Engage seniors by volunteering at the senior center, nursing home or with the senior group at church. Report scams to the police and other appropriate authorities. If you are a caregiver, reach out to your support system for assistance and take a break from the overwhelming responsibilities. If you know someone who is a caregiver, volunteer to give them get a break. Teach young people what a valuable asset elders are to the community. Demonstrate and encourage respect for elders so our children grow up with a healthy attitude toward aging and our elders live with dignity, feelings of belonging and pride that their life matters. If you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse call Adult Protective Services at 1-866-277-8366.
Find a way to Celebrate Life every day! Check out these June programs:
An outing, on Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, join folks from the center at the Jonesborough Senior Center for Senior Crime Prevention Academy. This free event is presented by the Washington County S.A.L.T. Council and will include topics such as Sudden Violence—Surviving an Active Shooter, Role of Adult Protective Services, and Local Law Enforcement. Door prizes and breakfast will be provided. Registration is required by calling 753-4781.
Mondays at 10 a.m., join the adult coloring craze. Experience the calming effect of coloring while socializing with friends. There is no cost for this class and the benefits are priceless!
You are invited to the Bogart/Bowman Cabin, 5012 Unicoi Road, on Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m. for a picnic and history lesson. Chad Bogart will take you back in time and explain how cabins were built, how people lived at the time the Bogart/Bowman cabin was first occupied, and more. The cost is $5 per person. Please bring a chair or blanket for the picnic. Call the center to register by June 21 for the picnic and transportation (if needed).
The Historical Study of the Bible now meets at a new day/time. Join this discussion group on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. to learn the historical significance of events in the King James version of the Bible.
Celebrate the Fourth of July early with a cookout and music on Friday, July 1, at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 and registration is required by June 29.
If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter or for additional information, call the senior center at 743-5111 or visit the center at 220 Union Street. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.