2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Cobb County Government together with the Cobb District Attorney's Office and liveSafe Resources are working on a Yarn Storm project in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2021.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
Cobb County has a multi-jurisdiction organization, The Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force, that addresses the financial, physical/emotional and institutional abuse of seniors. In addition, task force members provide education and awareness training for service providers, law enforcement and community organizations. For more info on the task force, please visit https://www.ceatf.org
For more information about elder abuse please visit https://ncea.acl.gov
What is elder abuse?
According to the National Institute of Aging, elder abuse is the neglect, abuse or financial exploitation of adults over 60. It can happen in the older person's home, family member's house, an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. The abuser can be a friend, family member, caregiver, healthcare provider or stranger.
For more information on the types of abuse that occur, please visit www.nia.nih.gov/health/elder-abuse
What can you do to help?
We are accepting donations of knitted or crocheted 6-inch squares, 10-inch squares and mini dolls (amigurumi) to represent our elders. All handcrafted items will be used to install yarn-covered displays for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. These squares or dolls can be any color or design.
Where do I send the knitted/crocheted items?
Ship or drop off your completed squares to 48 Henderson Street Marietta, Ga 30064. There will be a bin located outside of our front door for your donations.
Other drop off locations include
- Cobb Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064
- Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna, GA 30082
- N. Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main Street (inside Kennworth Park), Acworth, GA 30101
- Tim D. Lee Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066
- W. Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127
When is the last day to submit items?
All yarn crafted items must be received by Friday, June 4.
Where will the yarn storm be displayed?
We are planning on yarn-storming several locations throughout Cobb County. The more squares we receive, the more we can do. Check back on June 10 for location announcements.
So get your yarn, needles or hooks ready. Join us in this fun and worthwhile cause!
Can I help assemble displays?
Yes you can! We will be looking for volunteers to help us assemble displays starting June 10. If you or your group are interested, please email [email protected] to indicate your interest. We will contact you once work groups and locations are confirmed.