In the Kerr County Commissioners’ Court Agenda for May 8, 2023, several important topics were discussed, including the proclamation of June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month and Community Action Month. This article will delve into the details of these proclamations and highlight the significance of raising awareness about elder abuse and the efforts of Community Action in South Central Texas.
Elder Abuse Awareness Month
The court began the session by proclaiming June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, acknowledging the growing population of older adults and the need to protect them from abuse and neglect. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2034, older adults will outnumber younger people in the United States. This demographic shift emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about elder abuse and taking steps to prevent it.
Research shows that one in ten older Americans experience abuse or neglect each year, and for every known case, there are 24 cases that go unreported. Kerr County alone has approximately 18,760 older Texans and adults with disabilities. In 2022, Adult Protective Services (APS) in Kerr County completed 284 investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. These numbers highlight the need for continued efforts to protect older adults and individuals with disabilities.
During Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to educate themselves on the signs of elder abuse and what to do when they suspect it. Collaborative efforts between APS, the South Texas APS Community Board, Kerr County, the City County Joint Commission on Elderly Affairs, the Sheriff’s Department, probate courts, and the District Attorney’s office are crucial in identifying areas where stronger support is needed and reinforcing existing connections.
Community Action Month
Another proclamation discussed in the court agenda was the celebration of Community Action Month in June 2023. Community Action of South Central Texas, an agency that has been serving low-income households for 50 years, highlighted their mission to provide utility assistance, rental assistance, case management, and security deposits to Kerr County residents in need.
Community Action agencies play a vital role in helping low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient by addressing their immediate needs and providing resources for long-term stability. In Kerr County, Community Action of South Central Texas serves all 26 counties, including Kerr County, providing support to those in need.
The court approved the proclamation, designating May as Community Action Month, and commended the efforts of Community Action in South Central Texas for their contributions to the community.
Kerr County Historical Commission’s Summer History Camp
The Kerr County Historical Commission’s Summer History Camp was also discussed during the court agenda. This upcoming camp, scheduled from Monday, June 5th, to Friday, June 9th, aims to educate participants about the history of Kerr County and foster an appreciation for local heritage.
The camp, which has been offered in the past and had a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, provides an opportunity for children and young adults to engage in interactive and educational activities related to the history of the region. Historical Commission members expressed their enthusiasm for the camp and emphasized the importance of preserving and sharing the history of Kerr County with younger generations.
The Kerr County Commissioners’ Court Agenda for May 8, 2023, focused on important matters concerning elder abuse awareness and community action. The proclamation of June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month highlighted the need to protect older adults and individuals with disabilities from abuse and neglect. Additionally, the celebration of Community Action Month acknowledged the vital role that Community Action agencies play in supporting low-income individuals and families in Kerr County and beyond. Finally, the Kerr County Historical Commission’s Summer History Camp aimed to educate and engage young participants in the rich history of Kerr County.
By taking steps to raise awareness about elder abuse and supporting community action initiatives, Kerr County is working towards creating a safer and more inclusive community for all its residents. Through collaborative efforts and community involvement, the court and local organizations are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in need.