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Poster contest to boost elder abuse awareness

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Roane County ElderWatch is observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 by educating the public to the problem through a children’s poster contest for ages 6-12.

There are two contest themes: “Are Grandma and Grandpa OK: What Does Elder Abuse Look Like to You?” and “What Would the World Look Like Free of Elder Abuse?”

Children will compete in age categories of 6-8 and 9-12.

Prizes will be awarded in each age category.

Information and rules can be picked up at any Roane County public library.

Finished posters can be dropped off at any Roane County public library by noon on May 15.

Winners will be announced at a June 15 community reception on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day involves activities to bring awareness to the mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world and to highlight the need for action.

The special observation  is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will generate, provide and sustain prevention efforts forward and throughout the years to come.

Contact Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Senior Services at 354-0450, Ext. 228, for additional information.