La Crosse Elder Abuse Walk aims to ‘bring problem out of shadows’

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of La Crosse County hosted an Elder Abuse Walk in La Crosse Wednesday to highlight the issue.

The walk in Riverside Park provided “an opportunity to bring the problem of elder abuse out of the shadows,” said Cheryl Neubauer, the ADRC’s adult protective services supervisor.

“It’s our hope that by raising awareness we can remove stigma around reporting elder abuse and tackle this issue as a community,” Neubauer said.

Participants were asked to wear purple in support of the event.

At least 1 in 10 older adults experiences some form of elder abuse each year. Many elders are unable to ask for help because of fear or being mentally incapable.

La Crosse County is home to about 26,000 adults 60 and older.

The Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline is (833) 586-0107.

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