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Elder abuse is topic during Older Americans Month

Abuse in later life is real and it is estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological, sexual, financial abuse and are often present as a combination of one or more types of abuse.

Studies show that up to 10% of the elderly population have been abused. The gravity of abuse against individuals in later life is devastating and results in great personal losses, including the loss of independence, life savings, homes, dignity, health, and security.

The 2018 theme of Older Americans Month, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you —- those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean.

No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!

The Inner Banks Hotline staff are: Janie Spencer, Executive Director; Jasmine Spruill, Client Advocate; Angela Roughton, Community Advocate; Gloria Owens, Thrift Store Manager;

and Courtney Spencer, Faith/Hispanic Outreach Advocate.

Our office and Thrift Store are at 507 U.S. Highway 64 East (beside Family Dollar) in Columbia; telephone 252-796-5526.

Thrift Store Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted in the back in the open carport.

Our 24-hour Crisis Line number is 1-877-429-5526.