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February 21, 2011

Study Highlights Utah's Elder Abuse Problems (USA)


Study highlights Utah's elder abuse problems
By: The Associated Press
 02/20/11
A new state elder abuse study has found that Utah's seniors lose an average of $1 million weekly to thieves.
The study from the Utah Adult Protective Services found the majority of perpetrators are the children and grandchildren of the state's seniors, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The report, which was based on 2009 data, found that thefts ranging from $35 to more than $745,000 resulted in overall costs of more than $51 million to seniors, taxpayers, businesses and the government.
It found some $30 million was taken from financial institutions, leaving Utah to pay an estimated $7.8 million to care for elders impoverished to the point that they turned to Medicaid for health care.
Financial theft is Utah's most common form of elder abuse, said Jilenne Gunther, the group's legal enforcement counsel, who reviewed 57 confirmed cases of elder financial exploitation for the report. She estimated that for every 10 actual incidents of abuse, only one was reported.



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SOURCE:      The Washington Examiner
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