The Broome County Office for Aging said Monday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The office said there are several different types of elder abuse, from physical to emotional and even financial. “You want to have open communication with your loved ones, and if something seems a little off, if they seem kind of depressed which we’re seeing a lot of that,” said Lisa Schuhle, director of the office. “Maybe the conversations are really short, maybe they seem a little agitated; we’re encouraging you to dig a little deeper, ask did something happen, is there something going on? Because of the need to social distance, it has been hard to see older family members and friends in person. Because of this, the office says it may be harder to spot signs of abuse; however, there are still steps you can take to protect your loved ones. Another type of abuse Schuhle said to watch for is self-neglect. She told 12 News Monday a lot of times, older adults may not be able to care for themselves, leading to depression and neglect. (WBNG) — Even if right now you’re not physically with your loved ones because of this pandemic, there are still ways to check up on them. For information on the resources available to seniors in our area, as well as elder abuse hotline, click here.
Oil spill probeThe Environmental Management Authority (EMA) of Trinidad and Tobago says it is investigating an oil spill that has been spreading across Trinidad’s western coast on the weekend. The agency is appealing to persons with information to assist in the determination of the cause of, and those responsible for, the spill.Environmental nightmareEnvironmentalist and head of the Fisherman and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), Gary Aboud has described the oil spill off the coast of Chaguaramas as an “environmental nightmare” warning it poses a serious threat to both marine and terrestrial ecosystems.“The tide has changed but some of the residual oil remains in the bay. Fish can’t live in that, this is a national park, a Chaguaramas national park,” Aboud told reporters, dipping his hand into the sea to show the magnitude of the oil spill.Big ships discard waste“Every week the big ships discard their waste oil from their bilges and this is what we get,” Aboud said, adding that he feared that such widespread spillage could severely affect local fishing grounds placing consumers at risk of illness.He said that the spill should serve as a wakeup call to those in authority to implement proper legislation and policies as well as stiffer penalties for companies that disregard environmental safety and best practices.The EMA said it was also appealing to people with any information to come forward as investigations continue in identifying the potential source of the oily substance.Aboud also told reporters that “every year the Chaguaramas area suffers from massive oil spills, and no one has ever been prosecuted or fined.”