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November 24, 2008

Movement Needed on Elder Justice Bill (OK. USA)

Movement needed on elder justice bill
POINT OF VIEW Elder Justice Act

BY SHIRLEY A. COX
November 22, 2008

The number of older Americans and Oklahomans is growing at a rapid pace, and so is the national problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Consider this: According to the adult protective services division of the Department of Human Services, each year thousands of adult Oklahomans suffer abuse, neglect and exploitation by family members and other caregivers. States such as Oklahoma need help.

Congress is considering comprehensive legislation to provide that help. After 25 years of congressional hearings on elder abuse without any federal legislative response, the Elder Justice Act (S.1070) could be a new, comprehensive endeavor to detect and prevent that abuse effectively.

Abridged
SOURCE: NewsOK.com - Oklahoma City


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