Alicia Gomez is one of the many people who gathered on the common, wearing purple t-shirts reading “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.” As Chief Operating Officer at Boston Senior Home Care, Alicia is all too aware of the tragic conditions many seniors are living in.
"You know, quite often, when we think about abuse and neglect, we think about children," Alicia said. "A lot of times, we forget that growing older brings about the inability to care for ourselves as older adults— the inability to protect ourselves."
The purpose of events like this is to get those seniors out of the shadows and encourage more members of the public to look out for their elderly neighbors.
MassDOT says the Zakim, Longfellow, Fore River, and Burns Bridges will be lit up Wednesday night to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
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