Denver District 4 Councilwoman Peggy Lehmann and Denver Human Services Manager Penny May dedicated five newly planted trees today, decorated with purple ribbons, at Southmoor Park in honor of Elder Abuse Prevention.
“This is a wonderful way to bring awareness to a very serious issue in our community,” said Councilwoman Lehman.
Last year, there were 11,000 reports to Colorado Adult Protective Services regarding suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. The tree planting and purple ribbons, both symbols of elder abuse awareness, are designed to raise awareness and encourage people to speak up and report suspected elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Mile High Million Trees and Denver Parks & Recreation donated the new trees to serve as a reminder that we must all champion to protect seniors in our community.
“Each and every one of us can help, by keeping a watchful eye on our friends, neighbors and loved ones,” said May, “If you suspect something odd or think that someone is being taken advantage of or abused, please call adult protection and report it. One simple call can save a life.”
To report suspected elder abuse in Denver, please call 720-944-2994.
About Denver Human Services
Denver Human Services provides both assistance services and protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents in financial need and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance, all designed to help families and individuals toward financial self-sufficiency. Protection & Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming including veterans’ services, homeless services, and drug awareness campaigns. The department seeks to strengthen individuals, families and communities with the services provided. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.