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Abuse of senior citizens often not reported

David Burd, wtop.com

FREDERICK, Md. – Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are getting older. And as they age, they will need special care and assistance.

But, a new reality is rearing its head: Elderly abuse.

Abuse of senior citizens is under-reported, according to Theresa Hiegel with Frederick County’s Victim’s Services Unit. This is due in part to embarrassment because a trusted family member is often the caregiver.

Abuse can take many forms.

“From thefts, financial schemes to physical abuse,” says Hiegel. “Neglect, drug prescription abuse [and] domestic violence in the home.”

The Frederick County’s Sherriff’s Office will present its “Silver Ribbon Series,” free training offered to the Community, June 11 through June 15. The training will include presentations, such as “Family Law and the Aging Population,” elder “Domestic Violence,” “Recognizing Physical Signs of Abuse, Trauma and Neglect of Seniors” and “RX/OTC Drug Abuse.”

To register for these presentations, call: 301-600-1290.

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