AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. It's important to know - elder abuse comes in many forms. It can be sexual, physical, financial or just neglect.
Those at the Senior Citizens Council in Augusta say it's hard to know how many suffer from abuse because they are often silent due to the fear of being sent away.
Kathleen Ernce, Executive Director of Senior Citizens Council says "They're living at home, yes, and the thought of having to be displaced and replaced into a nursing home, sometimes which is a fate worse than death for many individuals."
Those with the council say it's always important to check in on your elderly neighbors, especially now that it's getting hot.