The Town of Cochrane has declared June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.The day is being marked with a BBQ lunch and an awareness walk.World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized around the world and brings attention to the abuse of older adults: approximately 25% of crimes against older adults are committed by a family member.The lunch and awareness walk is also the launch event for Cochrane’s Community Led Elder Abuse Response (CLEAR). In 2017, Alberta had well over 500,000 seniors; this number is expected to increase to over 950,000 by 2031, when one in five Albertans will be a senior. Research estimates one in 10 seniors are victims of abuse.Cochrane Family and Community Support Services has hired an Elder Abuse Prevention Facilitator in partnership with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Seniors and Housing and organized the local CLEAR.The event Friday June 15 gets started at 10:30am at the Legion. Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead, Mayor Jeff Genung, RCMP Inspector Lauren Weare and CLEAR participants are part of the program, which also includes door prizes, and a presentation of It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Families & Friends bystander program.Everyone is welcome to this free event; please register by calling FCSS at 403-851-2250. Participants are encouraged to wear purple, the colour of support and awareness.