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AARP Alabama Urges Everyone to Understand the Signs of Elder Abuse


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THROUGHOUT ALABAMA, AS MANY AS 75-THOUSAND CASES OF ELDER-ABUSE OCCUR, EACH YEAR--AND MANY ARE NEVER REPORTED.  DURING "ELDER-ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH"--IN JUNE--A-A-R-P ALABAMA'S JAMIE HARDING URGES EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND ITS SIGNS...

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FOR SENIORS, THE SIGNS OF ABUSE MAY BE MUCH THE SAME AS THEY'D BE FOR ANYONE--INCLUDING UNEXPLAINED INJURIES, CONTROLLING OR ISOLATING BEHAVIOR BY AN ABUSER, POOR HYGIENE OR LIVING-CONDITIONS, AND MALNUTRITION.  BUT, THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT ARE MORE UNIQUELY IDENTIFIED WITH OLDER VICTIMS--SUCH AS OVERMEDICATION, UNTREATED BEDSORES, AND SUSPICIOUS FINANCIAL-TRANSACTIONS.  YOU MIGHT SEE UNUSUAL WITHDRAWALS FROM BANK-ACCOUNTS, FISHY CHANGES TO WILLS, DEVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL ASSETS OR MEDICAL-DECISIONS, AND STRANGE PURCHASES.  ELDER-ABUSE CAN HAPPEN AT ALL LEVELS OF SOCIETY--AND THE ABUSERS, MOST OFTEN, AREN'T STRANGERS.  OLDER CITIZENS OFTEN RELY ON FAMILY-MEMBERS, TO ASSIST WITH THEIR CARE OR FINANCES--AND, WHILE MOST CAREGIVERS ARE DILIGENT AND TRUSTWORTHY, UNFORTUNATE EXCEPTIONS OCCUR."

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HARDING URGES THOSE WHO SUSPECT ELDER-ABUSE TO CALL A LOCAL LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCY--OR THE "ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN-RESOURCES", AT 1-800-458-7214.



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