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Breaking the Silence: Elder abuse awarenesso

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OUT FOR SENIORS IN EAST TENNESSEE SAY AWARENESS OF ELDER ABUSE HAS INCREASED FOLLOWING A SPECIAL SERIES FIVE MONTHS AGO NOW BO: IN JUNE, YOU RESPONDED BY RELATING PERSONAL STORIES OF YOUR OWN TO ANCHOR LORI TUCKER AND REPORTER DON DARE

SO, HOW DID IT REACH PEOPLE? AND WHY WAS IT EFFECTIVE? KRISTIN: THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WATE 6 ON YOUR SIDE INVESTIGATOR DON DARE ASKED PARTICIPANTS IN THIS FOLLOW UP REPORT ELDER ABUSE, BREAKING THE SILENCE WAS THE TITLE OF THE IN- DEPTH REPORTS WITH ONE IN TEN OLDER ADULTS THE VICTIMS OF EITHER ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION THESE VARIOUS ISSUES NEEDED EXPOSURE BUT THOSE ABUSED FEAR RETALIATION, UPSETTING SOMEONE, OR LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE, SO THEY REMAIN SILENT AS DO MANY OTHERS WHO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG WE WANTED TO "BREAK THE SILENCE

" DARE SAYS: AND YOU FEARED FOR YOUR LIFE? HAZEL: YEAH I WAS LIVING IN

THE WOODS IN JUNE WE REPORTED THE STORY HAZEL, A GRANDMOTHER, WHO WAS NEGLECTED AND LEFT ABANDONED IN A SHED WE ASKED THREE CAMPBELL COUNTY EXPERTS IN ELDER ABUSE WHO TREATED HAZEL AND GOT HER TO A SAFE PLACE, HOW HER STORY MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW WIDESPREAD ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY IS HAZEL SAYS: I HAVE A HOME, I HAVE FOOD

DARE: YOU ARE BRAVE TO DO THIS BELINDA MCCULLAH, HAZEL'S CASE WORKER: I THINK THEY LEARNED FROM THIS STORY ABOUT THE LAW, WHERE TO GET HELP AND THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE IN IT AND IT'S OKAY TO REPORT IT DARE: IN A SHED? WE DIDN'T HAVE NO ELECTRICITY, WE DIDN'T HAVEO WATER LDA MCCULLAH: YOU'RE STORY S OPED T OF OPLE UP TO ONIT IS OKAY TALK ABOUT IT, TO GET LP WITH IT DARE SAYS: PATILHOIT ADMITS E MADE A CTLY MISTAKE

IN ANOTHER REPORT, WE EXPLAINED HOW THE ELDERLY ARE VULNERABLE TO FINANCIAL ABUSE NORA MONDAY, COMMUNITY HEALTH OF EAST TN DIRECTOR: PEOPLE ARE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ONLY PHYSICAL ABUSE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FINANCIAL ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE RHONDA SAYS: AND 87- HUNDRED DOLLARS WE REPORTED HOW RHONDA LOST MORE HUNDRED DOLLARS WE REPORTED HOW RHONDA LOST MORE THAN 37- THOUSAND DOLLARS IN A

ROMANCE SCAM AND EXPLAINED HOW SENIORS ARE VULNERABLE NORA MONDAY: I FEEL LIKE OTHER PEOPLE ARE BECOMING MORE OPEN TO SHARING BECAUSE OF THE STORIES THAT YOU SHOWED

DARE SAYS: MAXINE AND RONNA FORMAN HAVE FORMED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP OVER THE LAST 6 MONTHS IN KNOXVILLE, THE STORY OF MAXINE, A WIDOW, REVEALED HOW SHE TRUSTED A YOUNG WOMAN, LET HER INTO HER HOME AND EVEN BORROW MONEY HER CASE WORKER SAYS MAXINE IS ON TRACK AND IS DOING WELL TODAY THE FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION BY THE ROOMMATE COST HER THOUSANDS DARE SAYS: HOW BADLY DID SHE DRAIN YOUR ACCOUNT? MAXINE: OH, BADLY RONNA FORMAN, CASE MANAGER RISE AGAINST CRIME: MAXINE, I KNOW SHE FEELS A LOT MORE STABLE

I KNOW SHE FEELS A LOT MORE ABLE TO PREVENT IN THE FUTURE OF THIS EVER HAPPENING TO HER AGAIN ANOTHER REPORT WAS ABOUT CONNECTING HEARTS THEY'RE VOLUNTEERS WHO ENGAGE WITH SENIORS SPENDING EXTRA TIME, AN HOUR OR TWO A WEEK, CHECKING ON THEM THE VOLUNTEER NUMBERS ARE UP SINCE JUNE JUDITH PELOT, DIRECTOR, CONNECTING HEARTS: WE HAVE INCREASED OUR CONNECTING HEARTS VOLUNTEERS BY TWENTY

SO WE HAVE 20 MORE MATCHED, 20 MORE PEOPLE BEING CHECKED ON BY VOLUNTEERS ON A WEEKLY BASIS AARON BRADLEY, DIRECTOR, EAST TN AREA AGENCY ON AGING: I THINK IT TAKES A SERIES LIKE THIS BUT IT IS GOING TO TAKE MORE IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF THIS KIND OF MEDIA ATTENTION IT'S HARD TO MOVE CULTURE, IT'S HARD TO MOVE PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS THAT THIS POPULATION IS OKAY WHAT YOU ALL DID WAS IN-DEPTH

I THINK YOU ENGAGED VIEWERS AND CAUGHT THEIR ATTENTION IN THAT PROCESS AFTER A SERIES OF LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES, TENNESSEE'S ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ADULT PROTECTION ACT MAKES IT A FELONY TO EITHER ABUSE, NEGLECT OR FINANCIALLY EXPLOIT OLDER PEOPLE THE FIGHT AGAINST ELDER ABUSE IS UP TO US, REPORT IT IF YOU SUSPECT IT DON DARE, WATE, 6 ON YOUR SIDE KRISTIN: TO REPORT ELDER ABUSE CONTACT ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

BO: THEIR TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 888- 277-8366 IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER QUESTION FOR DON — SEND HIM AN EMAIL AT D-DARE AT W-A-T-E DOT COM, OR CALL HIS SIX ON YOUR SIDE HOTLINE NUMBER AT 865- 633-5974 KRISTIN: STILL TO COME – THANKSGIVING DINNER HAS COME AND GONE – BUT TURKEY AND DRESSING MAY STILL BE IN YOUR

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