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Letter to the Editor (INH)

To the Editor:

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Elder abuse is the mistreatment or harming of an older person. Approximately one in 10 Americans age 60+ have experienced one form of elder abuse.

Abuse can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, along with neglect and financial exploitation.

Physical abuse: Use of force to threaten or physically injure an older person.

Emotional abuse: Verbal attacks, threats, rejection, isolation, or belittling acts that cause or could cause mental anguish, pain, or distress to an older person.

Sexual abuse: Sexual contact that is forced, tricked, threatened, or otherwise coerced upon an older person, including anyone who is unable to grant consent.

Exploitation: Theft, fraud, misuse or neglect of authority, and use of undue influence as a lever to gain control over an older person’s money or property.

Neglect: Failure or refusal to provide for an older person’s safety, physical or emotional needs.

If you suspect someone you know may be being abused, contact your local adult protective services or law enforcement to investigate the situation.

If you would like more information, contact the National Center on Elder Abuse or Hands of Hope Resource Center as we can provide referrals and resources regarding elder abuse and how to make a difference.

Our business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. give us a call at 320-732-2319 or our 24/7 crisis line at 800-682-4547.

Kimberly Cook

General Crime & Child Abuse Services Coordinator

Hands of Hope Resource Center

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