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April 25, 2012

Commissioners Sign Adult Protective Service (TX. USA)

 April 24, 2012
Commissioners sign APS proclamation
By MARY RAINWATER
 Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Anderson County Commissioners formally signed a proclamation from Adult Protective Service acknowledging the month of May as “Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month,” and briefly discussed the issue during a meeting Monday.

According to the proclamation, Anderson County APS Workers completed 437 investigations of which 369 cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation were confirmed against elderly Anderson County residents or those with disabilities in 2011.

“And that is just the cases that have been reported,” Anderson County APS Supervisor I Kelly Curley told the court. “There are many, many more out there that are not reported.”

Elder abuse is grossly underreported because the elderly who are being abused find it very difficult to tell anyone and are usually ashamed and sometimes afraid, the proclamation read.

Adult Protective Services is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Its purpose is to protect persons age 65 or older and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by investigating and providing or arranging for services necessary to alleviate or prevent further maltreatment.

The division also protects those residing in private residences and adult foster homes or assisted living facilities not subject to licensure by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

The Anderson County Adult Protective Services office is located at 330 E. Spring St. Suite B in Palestine. For more information, call 903-661-6128.

 SOURCE:    The Palestine Herald-Press
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