Render Aid Alabama hopes to ‘normalize compassion for humanity’ with Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Left to right are volunteer Audrina Bagwell and Candie Cummings and Brandie Drane, organizers of Cullman’s inaugural elder abuse prevention event, pictured at 2023’s event. (Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Local nonprofit Render Aid Alabama  is on a mission to “normalize compassion for humanity” in the Cullman County area. One of the ways the organization hopes to achieve that goal is through its Elder Abuse Awareness Day event.

On June 15, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cullman’s seniors are invited to attend and learn about the numerous resources the organization has available. They’ll also hear from local and state officials on how to maximize life’s pleasures during the “golden years” while staying aware of and preventing elder abuse in their household, care center, facility or neighborhood.

In addition to the many resource vendors, door prizes will be given throughout the event and the  Lifesouth Blood Mobile will be on-site.

“Our hope is to give as many people as possible the ability to prevent elder abuse and give them resources to live their lives to the fullest,” Candie Cummings, event organizer and president of Render Aid Alabama shared. “We want to remind them they are loved and we care.”

The National Council on Aging reports that approximately one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse. The council also estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. Only an estimated one in 24 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.

Speakers will included personnel from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office;  Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview; Cullman County Commission Chairman Jeff Clemons; and Gabrielle Helix from the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services. They will share their thoughts, experiences and knowledge on spotting the warning signs of elder abuse and stopping the abuse before it begins.

Render Aid’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day event will be held at The Lodge at Stone Bridge Farms on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A meal of catfish, chicken fingers, slaw, hush puppies and a drink will be served to the first 300 attendees.

For more information or donate to Render Aid’s cause, reach out to renderaidalabama@gmail.com.

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