May is Older Americans Month

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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By Brenda Wynn

Community Advocate

Inner Banks Hotline

Every May our communities are led nationally to celebrate Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark.”

This comes in line with what our nation is currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing.

Older Americans are the pillars of our communities, and some are now challenged with having to fight the battle of loneliness and fear. Looking out for their safety and well-being has become almost impossible for the outside world because of the social distancing and underlying health issues.

Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbor’s everyday.

Even though the orders are in place and obedience is a necessity for the safety of our elderly, please check on them. Some are trapped in their homes and nursing facilities and could even be at the hands of their abusers. “Make your Mark” and check on them by telephone, texting, facetime, or even go to their window , etc.

If you or someone you know who might be a victim of Elder Abuse please contact our agency to speak with someone on our staff. We have information on how to get them to safety and how to keep them safe. We are committed to the care and safety of our clients. Please call our 24/7 Crisis Line number, 1-877-429-5526, or 911 for assistance.

The Thrift Store is currently closed, and donations are not being accepted at this time.

Inner Banks Hotline staff members are: Janie Spencer, Executive Director; Norma Hill, Client Advocate; Brenda Wynn, Community Advocate; Gloria Owens, Thrift Store Manager; and Avis Bryant, Faith/Hispanic Outreach Advocate.