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State Of Texas
Office of the Governor

Texans have a duty to protect people of all ages from abuse, neglect and exploitation. As our population ages, the imperative to protect those who are elderly or disabled increases in importance.

Elder abuse touches all racial, cultural, religious and socioeconomic groups. Types of maltreatment may include emotional abuse, forced isolation, financial exploitation or physical injury. Abusive or neglectful caregivers may show anger or indifference toward elders, prevent them from speaking to or seeing visitors, or take advantage of their financial resources. All Texans have an obligation to report suspicions of elderly abuse or neglect. This can be done by calling, toll-free, (800) 252-5400 or by using the secure web site http://www.txabusehotline.org.

Each year, the Adult Protective Services program of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services conducts a public awareness campaign designed to prevent abuse and exploitation of elderly Texans.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to begin at home--ensuring that we are taking the very best care of the seniors in our lives, reaching out to the elderly in communities across Texas and, again, reporting any suspicion of senior abuse to the proper authorities.

Therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim May 2010,

State of Texas sealElder Abuse Prevention Month

In Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof

In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 7th day of April, 2010.

Signature of Governor Rick Perry

                                                                                                                                                                   
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