With the holidays upon us and families visiting with one another, the Oregon Department of Human Services would like to remind people of the signs of elder abuse.
Approximately 13 percent of Oregon’s population is now 65 years or older, with nearly 76,000 Oregonians having reached age 85.
DHS reviewed 20,000 calls regarding allegations of abuse of elderly or physically disabled Oregonians in 2009. Of those calls, 12,447 warranted DHS investigation in either the community or in facilities.
A new brochure from the DHS Seniors and People with Disabilities Division outlines adult abuse reporting. It can be found and downloaded at:
SOURCE: The Statesman Journal
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