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Governor Ritter of Colorado has proclaimed June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Proclamation states that older citizens have laid the foundation for the state and nation that we all enjoy today; that the abuse of older persons is a tragedy inflicted on a vulnerable segment of the population and it crosses all socio-economic boundaries.

Abuse and neglect of children and the elderly happens every day across this nation, and it happens in Garfield County. Each citizen of this county needs to share responsibility to do his or her part to end abuse and neglect of children and the elderly. If you have concerns, contact your local police jurisdiction or Garfield County Human Services at (970) 945-9193 and make a report.Your information will remain confidential.

Elders may be at risk due to self-neglect situations. Some aging and disabled individuals become frail and unable to care for themselves, their homes and/or their finances without assistance. Others may become more vulnerable to abuse, neglect or exploitation at the hand of caretakers or others.

Some signs of abuse, neglect or exploitation include: frequent unexplained injuries, burns or bruises, and passive, withdrawn, or emotionless behavior.

Injury in the genital area (irritation, scarring, or urinary tract infections); difficulty sitting or walking or fear of being alone with caregivers; or extremely upset when bathed, changed or examined.

Malnutrition; dehydration; lack of personal hygiene; obvious unmet need for medical or dental care; and unsafe living conditions.

Inability to account for funds; utilities turned off for non-payment, bills unpaid; asking for money; essential purchases unmade; caregiver financially dependent on the adult and shows resentment; and living at a level significantly less than their resources should provide.

Potential victims of elder abuse may live alone or with relatives, while others live in facilities and others may be homeless.The result is the same, someone may be playing on a person’ s vulnerabilities. If you can’ t intervene on your own, please call the local authorities that can.

“A Rodeo,” will be performed at 7 p.m. June 14; and special matinees at 2 p.m. June 14 and 15 at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. This exciting, fun-filled program is produced by the Danse Arts Theatre Company and the Glenwood Dance Academy. Barroom brawls, saloon girls, gunslingers and the rope tricks of Anita Witt highlight this performance.

The June 15 matinee is free of charge to all area nursing homes and assisted living facility customers, as well as friends at Mountain Valley Developmental Services.

The Valley View Hospital Cancer Center will be offering a new Coffee Walk and Talk Group at 10 a.m. Thursdays in the VVH upper lobby.

This informal group will meet every Thursday to walk outside, enjoy conversation, and return for lattes, coffee or tea in the lobby. The group is open to survivors of cancer and those presently in treatment. Family members are welcome to walk as well. Wear walking shoes and warm, comfortable clothing. Varied distances for varied abilities. No charge.

Contact Cindy Webb LCSW at 384-7582 or Nancy Reinisch, LCSW at

A Flag Day ceremony will be held today, June 14, at the Two Rivers Park stage area from 1-4 p.m. and presented by the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286 and Boy Scout Troop 225. Please wear your Red, white and blue and come learn the history of our country’ s flags as they are each presented in a wonderful ceremony of introduction and accompanied by music. It is a very patriotic event filled with color, history and music. If you have a flag that needs retired please feel free to bring it for the Boy Scouts to take care of.

For more information please call 945-2286.

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