Harsher punishments needed for elder abuse

Posted June 16, 2017

The event, held in the Luzerne County Courthouse, featured several guest speakers, including state Rep. Karen Boback and former state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, who created the task force in 2008. Elder abuse can happen in a variety of forms, Harding said, including neglect.

After recognizing that devastating effect, Boback and Mundy made a decision to create the task force.

"We're seeing reporting rise as more and more people understand that scams are fraud and fraud is a crime".

Mental abuse can cause anguish, anxiety, fear, isolation or the fear of isolation, Hawkins said. "Punish the offenders irrespective of who they are", said a 78-year-old woman from Nigeria.

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"If a neighbour, a senior citizen or even a nursing home employee sees any abuse type of situation, they have to go to the police and report what they see", she said, stressing: "We can not assume the victims will report what is happening to them". "In most of these cases, elders have reportedly experienced abuse and mistreatment for property", added Borgaonkar. Of those reports, over 24,000 were for adults 60 years of age or older, which represents an increase of 21.3 percent from the previous year.

He says older persons have the right to social and economic rights, to remain integrated in society and participate in national development to access social and legal services, and be able to exercise human rights and fundamental freedoms when residing in a home, care facility or shelter. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

Another common case was family members taking advantage of superannuation and "help themselves to their pension" which neglected the elderly and "leaves no more money" to buy things such as warm clothes, Muralidharan said.

"Those individuals, those seniors, are the members of the greatest generation", he said.

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We should also consider how our national and private conversations about assisted suicide may be contributing to the belief that a life that is not young, active and strong is a burden, and whether we take a utilitarian view of one another that devalues the importance of those whose lives are no longer as active as they once were. "Because they have shown us ... the respect that we have for Luzerne County".

Though the survey also highlights that a large majority of the population treats its elders well - 65% elders were offered seats in the bus often, 57% elders received special treatment from bank staff and 70% received proper attention from hospitals, senior citizens claim that one out of every two elders are mistreated.

"I tell people to call the RCMP if they have concerns", MacAulay said.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -, 2017 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and local agencies are coming up with another way to assist seniors. Boback presented a similar resolution on behalf of the state's House of Representatives.

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It included a panel discussion on financial elder abuse, where representatives from financial institutions in Edmonton discussed warning signs and resources available to support victims of abuse.