Help in Recognizing Elder Abuse, Neglect

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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A new tool kit can help Alabamians recognize and report cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, as defined by a new state law.

Enacted in 2013, the law stiffens penalties and expands prosecutorial powers to defend victims age 60 and older—including those targeted by scams or misuse of power of attorney.

Most elder abuse happens in a family setting, and the incidence of such crimes is increasing as people live longer and require more care, according to the state Department of Human Resources.

The tool kit identifies red flags, suggests questions to ask and lists resources. To get a copy, go to alabamaageline.gov or call 800-AGE-LINE (243-5463).