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Tri-County Council provides confidential resources for people experiencing abuseSubmitted: 06/19/2017
Tri-County Council provides confidential resources for people experiencing abuse
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley
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pashley@wjfw.com

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.



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