World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th is designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This is an opportunity for communities all across the world to come together and promote a better understanding of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. The focus is to raise awareness of the social, cultural, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than one million people age 65 or older in America alone have suffered abuse. It is also estimated that for each case of reported elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, about five more incidents go unreported.

Elder abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services necessary to maintain mental and physical health. Elder abuse takes many forms, including:

  • Neglect or isolation
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse and exploitation
  • Emotional or psychological abuse including verbal abuse and threats

Elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated. While likely under-reported, estimates of elder financial abuse and fraud costs to older Americans range from $2.9 billion to $36.5 billion annually. Yet, financial exploitation is self-reported at rates higher than emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect. Warning signs of elder abuse include the following:

  • Physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment: Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, burns
  • Emotional abuse: Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, or unusual depression; strained or tense relationships; frequent arguments between the caregiver and older adult
  • Financial abuse: Sudden changes in financial situations
  • Neglect: Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, unusual weight loss
  • Verbal or emotional abuse: Belittling, threats, or other uses of power and control by individuals

If an older adult is in immediate, life-threatening danger, call 911. Anyone who suspects that an older adult is being mistreated should contact a local  Adult Protective Services office within the Department of Social Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, or police.

How can elder abuse be prevented?

Educating seniors, professionals, caregivers, and the public on abuse is critical to prevention. If you’re an older adult, you can stay safe by:

  • Taking care of your health.
  • Seeking professional help for drug, alcohol, and depression concerns and urging family members to get help for these problems.
  • Attending support groups for spouses and learning about domestic violence services.
  • Planning for your own future. With a power of attorney or a living will, you can address health care decisions now to avoid confusion and family problems later. Seek independent advice from someone you trust before signing any documents.
  • Staying active in the community and connected with friends and family. This will decrease social isolation, which has been connected to elder abuse.
  • Posting and opening your own mail.
  • Not giving personal information over the phone.
  • Using direct deposit for all checks.
  • Having your own phone.
  • Reviewing your will periodically.
  • Knowing your rights. If you engage the services of a paid or family caregiver, you have the right to voice your preferences and concerns. If you live in a nursing home, call your Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The ombudsman is your advocate and has the power to intervene.

Regional Elder Abuse Awareness Events and Efforts for 2019:

Carteret County: Digital billboard campaign

Craven County: Newspaper media campaign

Duplin County: Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

Greene County: Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

Jones County: Info distribution at Health Fair

Lenoir County: Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

Onslow County: Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

Pamlico County: Digital billboard campaign

Wayne County: Elder Abuse Awareness Symposium

 

 

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Fall 2019 Application Training at 6 Sites Statewide

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces
Fall 2019 Application Training at Six Sites Statewide

(Sylva, Valdese, Kernersville, Winterville, Pembroke, Research Triangle Park)
The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces
training for the Fall
2019 funding round. Funding offered for the State Revolving Fund and Community Development Block
Grant – Infrastructure programs this round will be announced shortly after July 10. Funding for the
State Reserve Program will be announced pending approval of the state budget and funding
availability. All applications must be received by the Division no later than close of business on
Sept. 30, 2019. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered from July
24 to August 9 at the locations indicated in the chart below.

• State Reserve Program: This program funds both wastewater and drinking water projects as well as
the Asset Inventory and Assessment Grants and Merger / Regionalization Feasibility Grants. Funding
limits for water and wastewater projects as well as the grant programs are as follows:

     o Project Loans and Grants for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. Funding is available to all
Local Government Units (LGUs) and non-profit water corporations and has grant limits of $3 million
per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over a period of three consecutive fiscal years. Loans
with a targeted interest rate have a limit of $3 million per applicant per project type over a
period of three consecutive fiscal years. Loans at market interest rate have loan limits up to $3
million per applicant per project type per year. Grant percentages of project costs are based upon
affordability criteria.
o Asset Inventory and Assessment Grants. This program funds both wastewater and drinking water
projects. It is available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a limit of $150,000
per applicant per project type (water/sewer) over three consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to
this grant are available to inventory the existing water and/or sewer system and document the
condition of the inventoried infrastructure.
o Merger / Regionalization Feasibility Grants. This program funds both wastewater and drinking
water projects. It is available to LGUs and non-profit water corporations and has a limit of
$50,000 per applicant per project type over three consecutive fiscal years. Funds related to this
grant are available to determine the feasibility of consolidating the management of multiple
utilities into a single utility operation or to provide regional treatment and the best way of
carrying out the consolidation or regionalization.

• Clean Water State Revolving Fund: This program funds wastewater and green projects. It is
available to all LGUs and non-profit water corporations and offers low-interest loans up to $30
million per applicant.

• Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: This program funds drinking water projects. It is
available to all LGUs, non-profit water corporations, and for-profit water corporations and offers
low-interest loans up to $20 million per applicant.

• Community Development Block Grant- Infrastructure: This program funds wastewater and drinking
water projects. It is available to counties and municipalities and offers grants up to $2 million
per applicant every three years.

If you are considering applying for funding related to any of the available programs listed above,
the Division of Water Infrastructure encourages you to attend a training session. If you cannot
attend training, division staff will be available to meet on an individual basis. Application
training will be held during the weeks of July 22 and August 5. Training begins at 10 a.m. and ends
at 4:00 p.m. Application materials will be available on the division website before training begins
at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wi//application-forms. Please see the chart below for application
training dates and locations.

Division of Water Infrastructure Application Training Sessions Statewide
for Fall 2019 Funding Round

Space is limited at each location. Please RSVP to Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov
(919.707.9173) at least a week prior to the training event you plan to attend. Please provide your
name, organization, e-mail, phone number, and the location you plan to attend. All training
sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Sylva, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (20 seats available)
Southwestern Commission 125 Bonnie Lane
Sylva, NC 28779

Thursday, July 25, 2019, Valdese, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (50 seats available)
Old Rock School (Waldesian Room) 400 Main Street West
Valdese, NC 28690

Friday, July 25, 2019, Kernersville, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (40 seats available)
Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments 1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive
Kernersville, NC 27284

Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Winterville, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (50 seats available) Pitt County
Community College (G. Henry Leslie Auditorium, Room #143) 2000 Eddie Smith Street
Winterville, NC 28590

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, Pembroke, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (30 seats available)
Lumber River Council of Governments 30 C.J. Walker Road
COMtech Park
Pembroke, NC 28372

Friday, Aug. 9, Research Triangle Park, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (30 seats available)
Triangle J Council of Governments 4307 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 110
Durham, NC 27703

2020 Census Training Workshop – June 18, 2019

2020 Census CCC PowerPoint – Eastern Carolina Council of Governments (COG) 06.18.2019

2020 Residence Rules

2020 50 Ways Census Data is Used

May 2019 – Havelock CDSMP

Elder Abuse Awareness Local Events

May 15th – Duplin Fun Day/Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

May 29th – Onslow Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

May 31st – Greene County Elder Abuse Awareness Walk

May 31st – Jones County Health Fair

June 12th – Wayne County Elder Abuse Symposium

 

For More Information Please Contact Your Local Ombudsman

Angelia Pridgen or Colby Smith

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