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Iron County marks elder abuse awareness day


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MEMBERS OF the Iron County Human Services Department and other community partners wear purple Thursday to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Iron County Courthouse, where 45 pinwheels marked the number of elder abuse reports in Iron County from 2016 to present. Among those taking part in the day were, first row, from left - Chelsea Wimer, Ed Zeliska, Samantha Peterson and Julia Rosa; second row kneeling - Trista Olson, Amy Nosal, Leah Koski and Tonya Isaacson; third row - Paula Vernetti, Teresa Way, Jewel Yanko, Becky Rein, Clara Maki, Diane Schmidtke, Deb Leonard, Jennifer Sukanen, Dianne Trolla, Amber Zanella and Mike Saari; fourth row - Jessie Chaney, Marisa Perlberg, Alyssa Evsich, Dianne Coolidge, Dustin Pitrone, Rebecca Holm, Heather Verbos, Jason Hellen and Lauren Snyder.


HURLEY - If anyone happened to notice a large number of people wearing purple in Iron County Thursday, it wasn't some strange coincidence, rather the employees of the Iron County Human Services Department and other community partners wore the color to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

In Wisconsin, elder abuse applies to anyone over the age 60 being physically, sexually or emotionally abused, as well as those being neglected or financially exploited, according to Iron County case manager Trista Olson.

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