|The Norwalk, OH Wellness & Resource Fair was organized on Tuesday by the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Huron County Commission and Job & Family Services Department. Tuesday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The fair brought local suppliers together to provide resources and answer questions about 55 and older people.
June is a month of Awareness of Elder Abuse. Abuse and elder exploitation are widespread issues for hundreds of thousands of people around the country in both domestic and institutional settings.
In 2020, 185 allegations of abuse, neglect and/ or exploitation of elderly residents of the County of Huron were investigated by the Job Department and Family Services Adult Protective Caseworkers in Huron, Colombia.
Elder abuse is severely under-reported because the abused elderly find it extremely hard to tell someone, are generally ashamed, scared or perhaps unaware of the abuse or, in some cases, do not understand that someone they trust uses.
Lenora Minor, Executive Director of Huron County Job & Family Services, said: "Our goal is always to prevent elderly abuse and exploitation.
"This was a great event for the people to come out since COVID," she said.
"We are trying to get the word out for no revenues or low-income individuals and families," said Rachel Peacock, the leasing agency for Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority.
"There was basically nothing in my mother's life, and I would have jumped on it to help my family if I had known this resource."
"We were excited to be here," said Lynden Ramsey of Norwalk Parks & Recreation.
She said that ponds are a great way to stay healthy and move forward.
They are also equipped with Silver Sneakers, an innovative health, workout and wellness program that helps older adults to live healthy, active lives.
"We're here to provide people with information about the services we can offer," said Steve Beal, Managing Director at Enrichment Centers in Huron County.
"I believe these events for the people are exciting. It's a community's beauty."