Elder Abuse Awareness, Episode #61
With the number of individuals over the age of 65 anticipated to double by 2050, it is important to have a deeper understanding of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Connecting Our Community took a close look at elder abuse.
On Connecting Our Community Episode #61, host Pat Shoemaker is joined by Bonnie Klem, Supervisor, APS ( Adult Protective Services), Lt. Bob Carter, Director of Family Crimes, MCPD and Debbie Feinstein, Esq. Director of the Family Violence Unit, SAO.
Types of Elder abuse
Emotional – mocking, humiliating, pro-fane, threatening remarks or behavior; destroying property; harming pets
Physical – any rough handling, e.g., pinching, hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, pushing, choking, burning, force-feeding, inappropriate restraint
Sexual – any non-consensual sexual contact [Note: sexual contact with someone incapable of giving consent is considered sexual abuse]
Financial – misuse of funds, assets, or legal authorizations such as guardianship or power of attorney; e.g., theft of money or possessions, forgery of checks and/or signatures, unauthorized use of credit cards, coercion to sign legal documents
To Report Abuse:
· Call 911 if the elder/vulnerable adult is in immediate danger
· Call the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes/Elder Abuse Unit 240-773-5050 if the danger is not immediate or if you suspect abuse
· Contact Montgomery County Adult Protective Services 240-777-3000 (24 hours)
· Contact the Montgomery County Long-Term Care Ombudsman 240-773-3369
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events
Wednesday June 12, 2013
Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Place