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Mayor touts Elder Abuse Month at council meeting

Posted: June 14, 2018 4:51 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford took some time near the end of Tuesday’s Camden City Council meeting to speak on a subject that wasn’t able to make it on to the official agenda.

During a portion of the meeting set aside for other business, Drakeford reported that the Rev. Ed Stokes, one of two Kershaw County Silver-Haired Representatives, visited her June 8 about having council approve a proclamation naming June as Elder Abuse Month at Tuesday’s meeting. Unfortunately, Drakeford said, Tuesday’s agenda had already been set by then. However, she agreed to speak to council about the recognition and read what information Stokes provided.

Stokes, and the S.C. Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging, encouraged citizens to wear purple on June 15 (today) in recognition.

“There are (more than) 5 million cases of elder abuse, with one in 10 seniors having been abused,” Drakeford read from Stokes’ notes. “This segment of our population is more vulnerable to abuse because of their age and less ability to care for their own needs.”

Drakeford, continuing to read, went on to ask, “What can we do?” Stokes had suggested visiting hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in order to talk to patients.

“If you suspect abuse of any kind, speak up with a top administration of the facility and, if possible, tell the family of the one being abused,” she said, adding that anyone could find themselves a patient in such a facility and might “need someone to speak up for us.”

Stokes also provided Drakeford with an elder abuse hotline number: (803) 898-7318.

In other business Tuesday, council unanimously, with Councilman Jeffrey Graham absent:

• passed second and final reading of an ordinance annexing approximately 35 acres of property on Black River Road into the city with interim zoning of R6;

• passed an annual resolution providing for a hazard-free workplace for city employees, citizens, and public and private property; and

• approved a Leader’s Legacy bench recognition for former Clerk of Council Betty Horton Slade.

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