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March 26, 2012

N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature Discusses Elder Abuse (NC.USA)

 N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature discusses elder abuse
March 24, 2012
Times-News

Identifying and preventing elder abuse was the main topic of discussion among delegates to the North Carolina Senior Legislature during its first meeting of the year.

Governor Beverly Perdue reminded the group that by 2030, more than 80 counties in our state are expected to have more people age 60 and older than 17 and younger. Perdue urged state legislators about the importance of aging services and the need to maintain funding for vital programs, specifically identifying elder abuse as a developing problem inNorth Carolina.
According to Dennis Streets, director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services, the number of Adult Protective Service reports to county departments of social services increased from more than 14,000 in 2006-07 to nearly 20,000 in 2010-11. Currently, DAAS is working with the NC Conference of District Attorneys to improve access to justice for victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

An Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign begins on Mother’s Day, May 13 and ends on Father’s Day, June 17. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple ribbons to offer support for this campaign.
The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel 2012 legislative priorities include: Restore funding to sustain Project C.A.R.E. (respite care and support to caregivers); maintain funding for the Home and Community Care Block Grant; maintain funding for senior centers; provide dental care for North Carolina’s Adult Special Care Population; and mandate pre-employment and random drug testing for employees of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult care homes.

 SOURCE:        The Times News
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