DHS Supports the Fight Against Elder Abuse

May 13, 2011

Wear Purple on June 15 for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is supporting the fight against elder abuse by encouraging Georgians to wear purple on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. A proclamation marking June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Georgia was recently signed by Governor Nathan Deal to educate and raise awareness of the warning signs associated with elder abuse.

"Elder abuse is one of the most unrecognized and under-reported crimes with devastating and life-threatening consequences,” said James Bulot, Director of DHS’, Division of Aging Services. “Reporting is the best mechanism we have in place to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens."

All reports of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation should be directed to the Division of Aging Services, Adult Protective Services Unit at 1-866-55-AGING or 1-866-552-4464. The National Center on Elder Abuse offers the following warning signs to detect possible instances of elder abuse:

Physical Abuse - Slap marks, unexplained bruises, most pressure marks, and certain types of burns or blisters, such as cigarette burns
Neglect - Pressure ulcers, filth, lack of medical care, malnutrition or dehydration
Emotional Abuse - Withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, or other unusual behavioral changes
Sexual Abuse - Bruises around the breasts or genital area and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
Financial Abuse/Exploitation - Sudden change in finances and accounts, altered wills and trusts, unusual bank withdrawals, checks written as “loans” or “gifts,” and loss of property

For more information, please visit www.aging.dhr.georgia.gov

Contact Information: 
Ravae Graham 404-657-1384

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