June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Newtown Police Department says officers are committed to the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly population. Longtime advocate for the elderly, Officer Maryhelen McCarthy notes that elderly victims, especially those over 80, have a difficult time coming forward to report their abuse and need for help. She urged people to look out for the older members of the community and report suspected abuse. The Newtown Police Department works closely with the wellness center in coming up with a safety plan and a long term resolution to help keep everyone safe. Older people throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation. Often times the abuser is a caregiver.