UNC-TV Highlights Johnston County’s Efforts To Prevent Elder Abuse

“ncIMPACT” Season Premiere To Focus On Protecting Older Adults

SMITHFIELD — The ncIMPACT Season 3 premiere, airing on UNC-TV on Thursday, September 17th, will focus on Johnston County’s work to prevent elder abuse across the county.

The episode features Johnston County’s efforts in creating a multidisciplinary team to collaborate in addressing elder abuse cases and the work in raising awareness around what older adults should look out for to protect themselves from scams and financial exploitation.

ncIMPACT is all about featuring the people and programs that are making a difference across our state,” said ncIMPACT Reporter/Producer David Hurst. “With estimates showing that at least 10 percent of elders are abused in some way each year, Johnston County is making a positive impact in protecting the older adults in their community.”

The program will include interviews from NC House Representative Donna McDowell White, Johnston County Clerk of Superior Court Michelle Ball, Wendy Whitfield with the Johnston County Department of Social Services, and Attorney General Josh Stein.

A panel discussion, which will take place on Facebook Live on Monday, September 14 at Noon will take a look at Johnston County’s efforts and highlight other initiatives across the state to prevent elder abuse. The panel will include Meredith Smith with the UNC School of Government, Elder Law Attorney Marjorie Brown and Detective Scott Sluder with the Winston-Salem Police Department.

ncIMPACT, hosted by the UNC School of Government’s Anita Brown-Graham, examines statewide issues in such areas as education, jobs and healthcare as it seeks to find workable solutions. The program is produced by UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, in partnership with the UNC School of Government and exclusive sponsorship by Civic Federal Credit Union.

In addition to the series’ over-the-air broadcasts, ncIMPACT is also accessible any time online at unctv.org/ncimpact. The site features individual episodes, segments and web extras to complement the series.