The thought of someone taking advantage of or physically harming your grandparents or someone else's grandparents is reprehensible.
Yet thousands of senior citizens are victims of one or more of the many types of abuse existing today. It's not a new problem, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it.
Fighting the problem is only right, and part of that battle is awareness. Consequently, any effort that enlightens people about the problem warrants support.
We are endorsing this year as Elder Abuse Awareness Year.
As Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a recent news release, "By raising awareness of elder abuse, the hope is to prevent crimes against vulnerable adults."
Elder abuse includes physical and/or emotional abuse, financial exploitation and self-neglect. Statistics indicate more than 80,000 vulnerable adults in Michigan are victims of at least one form of elder abuse.
To help spotlight the problem and promote public awareness, the Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly Task Force was launched in 2005. The SAVE Task Force is a partnership among service agencies and businesses that serve the senior population, law enforcement and Oakland County Health and Human Services to protect the rights and safety of vulnerable adults.
For more information about elder abuse, visit www.oakgov.com/seniors/assets/docs/help_readable_format.pdf.
Anyone who suspects that someone is being abused or neglected may make an anonymous report to Adult Protective Services at 1-866-975-5010
SOURCE: The Heritage.com
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