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06-17-14 Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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06-17-14 Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Lee County seniors are valued members of society and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they live safe lives; and WHEREAS, abuse of older people is a tragedy inflicted against vulnerable seniors, and is an ever-increasing problem that crosses all socio-economic boundaries in today’s society; and WHEREAS, combating abuse of older people will help improve the quality of life for all seniors across this state and will allow seniors to continue to live as independently as possible, adding to their lives and vibrancy; and WHEREAS, seniors should be treated with respect and dignity to enable them to continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers, and important and active members of society; and WHEREAS, we are all responsible for building safer communities for Florida’s seniors; WHEREAS, the welfare of seniors is in the best interest of all citizens and further adds to the well-being of our communities; WHEREAS, LEAPP, Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership is a coalition among Lee County human service providers and agencies to create community partnerships that effectively promote the awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and provide services, advocacy and support for older adults; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby commend the LEE ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP and all who fight to protect our beloved but often vulnerable senior citizens, as we observe June 15, 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lee County.