PRESTONSBURG – The Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment hosted a Walk for a Cause at Big Sandy Community and Technical College to support Elder Abuse Month on Wednesday. Dozens showed up in support of the event including many local officials. Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale, Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton, Johnson County Judge-Executive R.T. “Tucker” Daniel (Lillian Wheeler) and Martin Mayor Samuel Howell took time to participate in the Walk for a Cause to show their support for Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
Studies show only one in 23 elderly abuse victim cases are reported.
“I take care of my elderly aunt, who depends on me to run errands for her, cook for her, and meet her basic needs,” said Paula Charles of East Point. “I could never imagine being mean to her. Her body and health is so fragile I am glad to offer my support to raise awareness for elder abuse and individuals like my aunt who suffer abuse in silence,”
Walk For A Cause sponsors included Highlands Health System; AppalReD Legal Aid; Appalachian Wireless; Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment; John and Jean Rosenberg; Floyd County Health Department; J & J Trucking; Brian Pugh Kentucky Farm Bureau; Pillersdorf, DeRossett and Lane Law Offices; Q-95 FM Radio; Riverview Health Care Center and Salyersville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Organizers at the event say that elder maltreatment is a community problem and hope the walk creates a dialogue and awareness to a problem many people do not even realize occur. For more information, contact the Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.