Today is Elder Abuse Awareness day.
Stats prove that a growing segment of our population falls within the category of senior citizen every year.
So information on crimes that impact seniors is, I think, worthy of a look.
Information like the item below is available online or by phone from the Ohio Attorney Generals office, who’s officials urge us all to report suspected signs of abuse of seniors to authorities instead of looking the other way.
(COLUMBUS, Ohio(June 15), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of signs of elder abuse.
“Elder abuse can affect any family in any community,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It often involves a person in a position of power or trust who takes advantage of an older adult. Sadly, many elder abuse cases are never reported. The good news is that we can help protect our neighbors, family, and friends by bringing attention to the problem and taking steps to prevent and stop it.”
An estimated one in 10 older adults have experienced elder abuse, but only a portion of elder abuse cases are believed to be reported to authorities. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect. It often is committed by someone the person knows, such as a family member, friend, or caregiver, and it can occur in the older person’s home, in a residential facility, or elsewhere in the community.
Warning signs of elder abuse include:
Changes in an older adult’s personality or mood
Changes in an older adult’s finances or money management
A dominating, threatening caregiver or new “best friend”
Exclusion from other family members or friends
Changes in an older adult’s home environment
To protect Ohio’s older adults, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office works with local authorities in the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse cases and investigates patient abuse and neglect in long-term care settings. For example, following investigations by the office, a Kentucky man was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from elderly and/or disabled nursing home residents, and an Ohio man was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $2 million in timber from property owned by an elderly person. Seniors often are unable to protect themselves from abuse so it’s up to the rest of us to do it.
That’s the way I see it.