Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day:


WHEREAS, Florida’s seniors are valued members of society, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they live safe lives; and

WHEREAS, it is recognized nationally that for every one report filed about abuse, neglect, or exploitation, there are 24 that go unreported; and

WHEREAS, abuse of older people is a tragedy inflicted against vulnerable seniors and is an ever-increasing problem that crosses all socio-economic boundaries in today’s society; and

WHEREAS, seniors should be treated with respect and dignity to enable them to continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers, and important and active members of society; and

WHEREAS, combating abuse and empowering of older people will help improve the quality of life for all seniors across this state, allowing them to continue to live as independently as possible, adding to their overall well-being; and

WHEREAS, we are all responsible for building safer communities for Florida’s elders; and

WHEREAS, we are all required to report elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation when we suspect it; and

WHEREAS, the welfare of seniors is in the best interest of all citizens and further adds to the well-being of all of Florida’s communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing June 15, 2014, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 20th day of May, in the year two thousand fourteen.



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