Senior citizens of Alice participated in the first End Elder Abuse Senior Olympics on Thursday hosted by Retama Manor Alice and the Community Coalition for Children and Family.

“We see elder abuse cases on the raise,” said Betty Trevino, Director of Care Transitions at Retama Manor Alice. “They are left voiceless and are the most unreported abuse cases. We work with the elderly everyday and have become their advocates.”

Elder abuse is a serious nationwide issue that has harmful effects victims. The goal for elder abuse prevention is to stop it from happening in the first place, Trevino said.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), perpetrators are most likely to be adult children or spouses, more likely to be male, to have history of past or current substance abuse, to have mental or physical health problems, to have history of trouble with the police, to be socially isolated, to be unemployed or have financial problems, and to be experiencing major stress.

Alice Mayor Jolene Vanover read a proclamation on Elder Abuse in Alice before the festivities began.

This year's theme was Going for the Gold to save our Silver.