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November 27, 2008

Elder Abuse: A Major Problem (MI. USA)

Elder abuse: a major problem
By: Jessica Puchala
11/26/2008

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Elder abuse is a major problem in our country. Experts say 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physical or psychological abuse.

Ninety percent of elder abuse is committed by someone the victim knows - ususally a family member. According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, people over the age of 80 are two to three times more likely to be abused or neglected.

WZZM contacted the Gerontology Network about Tuesday's abuse case in Muskegon. They say many people struggle and become vulnerable when they start losing their independence.
Lynn Kahns, the Clinical Director of the Gerontology Network says, "It can be very sad when you are alone and you can't ambulate safely and you can't take care of your own needs. It's very frightening. People can just shout out and cry for help or they can just shut down and not cry for help, but either way it's sad."

The Gerontology Network encourages people to watch out for their elderly neighbors and call their office if they think someone might need help. You can reach the Gerontology Network at (616) 456-6135. For more information click here to visit their website.

SOURCE: WZZM - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
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