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TOPEKA (WIBW)-- The Kansas Department for Children and Families is getting the word out on the growing problem of elder abuse in this country.
DCF put together an event in recognition of Elderly Abuse Awareness Day.
It was an opportunity for DCF to educate the public on the resources available and what to do if someone they know personally is being abused or neglected.
DCF also tackled the topic of hoarding in vulnerable adults and persons with disabilities and why it's important the community stay vigilant when it comes abuse of any kind.
"It's really important to have people out their because they are the eyes and ears of everything. Family members, neighbors, church members, they're out their seeing people everyday and they're the ones that can see and notice if something is not quite right with an older adult or a person with a disability," Deputy Dir., for DCF Prevention and Protection Services, Leslie Hale said.
This fiscal year alone, which ends June 30th, DCF has received approximately 16,000 calls regarding elderly abuse and neglect.