Hidalgo Co. agencies hosting free events to highlight Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness month

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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is highlighting three free public events happening in Hidalgo County this week to promote the June Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

In a news release, the agency said these are opportunities “for the public to become more involved, to learn more about elder abuse, ways they can become more involved to help prevent and assist victims of abuse as June 15, which is the national World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The first event will happen Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court where officials are expected to read an Elder Abuse Awareness Month proclamation.

Commissioner’s Court is located on the first floor of the annex building at 100 East Cano in Edinburg and the meeting can also be viewed on the county’s livestream.

On Wednesday, Hidalgo County District Attorney Toribio “Terry” Palacios is hosting the annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day parade in collaboration with the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force; the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; Adult Protective Services; Silver Ribbon Community Partners; the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department; the RGVEZ Victims of Crime Program; and the Edinburg Police Department.

The parade will take place Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Bert Ogden Arena Parking lot located at 4900 S. I-69 in Edinburg.

“The parade will pass by adult day cares to show solidarity and support for the elderly,” the release stated.

Parade participants are asked to decorate vehicles with the color purple and are asked to bring posters supporting Elder Abuse Awareness.

Lastly, the 5th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk & Resource Fair happens on Thursday at 201 North 1st Street in McAllen from 8 a.m. until noon.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Attendees will be able to attend the free annual event, where they can take part in the annual walk around the park, and visit with community resources to learn more about programs and services available in the RGV,” the release stated.