Silver Ribbon Month Raises Awareness About Elder Abuse

Silver Ribbon Week, an event held annually since 2008 to raise awareness of elder abuse, has been extended this year to span an entire month. The Board of Directors of the Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance decided to make the change to the 2012 Silver Ribbon campaign.

"We wanted to spread it out the whole month. Since May is Older Americans Month, we wanted to do more activities. And we wanted to grow," said Georgene Fedoriska, executive director of the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services.

This year the group has 110 larger ribbons and 3,000 smaller ribbon loops on pins. A team of six volunteers started sizing and packaging the smaller ribbons in December. The ribbons are given to businesses, nursing homes and other organizations. The businesses, in turn, give them out to customers with information about elder abuse. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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