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Elder Abuse & Neglect is Everyone’s Business

Protecting Vulnerable Texans from Self-Neglect: This video produced by Adult Protective Services illustrates the problem of self-neglect.
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Elder Abuse is Everyone's Business
As the population of elderly Texans grows every year so does the number of those swindled out of their life savings. Often it's by the people they trust the most.

Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month. It's a good reminder that we all have a responsibility to look out for those in our community who are elderly or have disabilities and protect them from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

"Abuse and exploitation are big problems but the most common situations we investigate involve people who are neglecting themselves. Often, people with disabilities or who are elderly become ill or depressed and either can no longer care for themselves or stop trying. That's when we all need to step in to help," said Beth Engelking, DFPS assistant commissioner for Adult Protective Services (APS). "Protecting vulnerable adults is everyone's business."

Throughout May, APS and many community, civic, and professional groups are holding conferences, giving presentations, and participating in many other events to raise awareness and understanding of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

[Read More: Elder Abuse & Neglect is Everyone’s Business]


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Featured Prevention Resource

Financial Exploitation: If It's Not Your Money, It's A Crime.

Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of another person’s money or property for personal profit or gain. Financial exploitation of adults who are elderly or disabled is an increasing problem and protecting them from becoming victims is everyone’s business.

Financial Exploitation: If It's Not Your Money It's A Crime

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Not Your Money poster for Bank Employees

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