NORTHWOODS - Most people hope that when they get older, the people around them will look out for their best interests.
But in some cases that doesn't happen.
Older adults make up about one-third of the population in northern Wisconsin. Some older adults rely on others to take care of them and help with their responsibilities.
Those responsibilities can range from handling their money ti making sure they take their medication and even day-to-day tasks. Braden Bayne- Allison is a coordinator at the Tri-County Council.
"It usually is someone they know. It's oftentimes a caregiver or it's their own family," said Bayne-Allison. "It's very difficult for them, they're very upset, they know they're getting taken advantage of, they know it doesn't feel right, but they still care about the people taking advantage of them."
Bayne-Allison says abuse cases with older adults are hard because they are a vulnerable group. Abusers often target older adults because of their weaknesses.
Bayne-Allison says a lot of abuse cases don't get reported because some of the victims don't want to get anyone in trouble.
"It's important we help them get over that hurdle of what reaching out means," Bayne-Allison says. "It means they're admitting 'I can't do this on my own.'"
To get help, the Tri-County Council provides confidential services. If you suspect someone is being abused call the Tri-County Council at its hotline at 1-800-236-1222.
If you're not ready to make an official claim, you can still just talk and get things off your chest. Bayne-Allison says he can also help you come up with a plan to deal with the abuse.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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