SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta County is recognizing elder abuse awareness month, placing more than two thousand purple flags at Redding City Hall, Anderson River Park and the Sundial Bridge.
They represent the number of elder abuse cases reported in 2020.
Adult Protective Services investigated nearly 600 reports of financial exploitation, more than 100 reports of neglect, nearly 100 cases of physical abuse and ten reports of sexual abuse.
“With COVID, that whole situation, we fear that a lot of reports weren’t made, there was a lot was not seen more than likely, but we do know that there were well over 2,200 reported cases in Shasta County and that’s abuse and neglect,” said Joanne McCarley, Founder and Executive Director of Compass Shining Care.
It also looked into 735 cases of self-neglect.
The agency to call to report suspected abuse is Shasta County Adult Protective Services. The 24-hour abuse hotline is (530) 225-5798.
On June 12 the Family Health and Safety Festival at the Sundial Bridge runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It's free and will include resource booths, food, music, cash prize treasure hunt, children's activities and other entertainment.
A Senior Safety Symposium is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 17 at the Win-River Resort Event Room.
It's free and lunch is included.
The agency to contact for preventative services and for more information regarding events is Compass Shining Care. Email shingcare.org or call (530) 232-5543.
On Monday, purple flags were planted at the Redding City Hall and on Tuesday that will be planting flags at Anderson River Park.