Stop elder abuse, neglect

Elder abuse doesn’t get as much attention as child abuse, but it still is very real. Around Texas, nearly 70,000 investigations took place, with more than 48,000 turning out to be confirmed cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation. (Self-neglect also was a factor in many of these cases.)

In Gillespie County last year, there were 75 investigations and 45 victims. That hits home.

When people with disabilities or the elderly become ill or depressed, they sometimes can no longer care for themselves, or they quit trying. Self-neglect is also a factor in care for the elderly. That’s when others need to step in.

A new website, EveryonesBusiness.org, has been established to show how to recognize adult abuse or neglect. Anyone who suspects abuse may also call 1-800-252-5400 or report online at www.TxAbuseHotline.org.

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