June 15, 2017: Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness Day

WHEREAS, the safety and protection of elder and vulnerable adults is critical to the well-being of Michigan communities; and,

WHEREAS, more than 25,000 Michigan residents age 60 and older are victims of abuse. Abuse of elder and vulnerable adults is an ever-increasing problem; and,

WHEREAS, all Michigan residents should watch for signs of abuse such as physical trauma, withdrawal, depression, anxiety and fear of family members, friends or caregivers. Efforts to identify, report and investigate elder mistreatment are important in reducing the harm to elder and vulnerable adults; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan's elder and vulnerable adults are valued members of society, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely, with dignity and as independently as possible with any support they may need; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness of elder and vulnerable adult abuse in Michigan. We urge Michiganders to learn more about the signs of abuse in an effort to protect those in need and decrease elder and vulnerable adult abuse in our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2017 as Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness Day in Michigan.