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Elder abuse is on the rise in Tulare County, nationwide

Elder abuse is on the rise in Tulare County, nationwide


visalia – Tulare County Public Guardian & Adult Protective Services invites community members to take part in a no-cost training to increase awareness and honor those senior community members who have suffered as victims of elder abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), “Every year an estimated five million, or one in ten, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.”

In Tulare County in 2015-2016, there were 2,737 reports, a steep 12% jump from the 2,437 reports in 2014-2015. Tulare County Adult Protective Services receives an average of seven reports of elder abuse every day.

During June, World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, each report of abuse during 2015-2016 will be represented by one purple flag placed on Visalia’s Government Plaza front lawn on South Mooney Boulevard. Also, a flag ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 on the northeast lawn of the Government Plaza, 5957 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia.

Elder and dependent adult abuse can involve neglect, self-neglect, and physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse; it affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. Each year, older adults lose billions of dollars in telemarketing fraud, mail scams and fake lotto schemes.

Dates for the no-cost training, which incorporates a mini-bingo session, are as follows:

• June 1 – Earlimart,

10:30 a.m., 661-849-2232

• June 5 – Cutler-Orosi

10:30 a.m., 559-528-6108

• June 8 – Exeter,

11:00 a.m., 559-592-5960

• June 12 – Lindsay,

10:30 a.m., 559-562-5859

• June 15 – Goshen,

11:30 a.m., 559-651-1030

• June 19 – Woodlake,

11:00 a.m., 559-564-3251

• June 22 – Porterville,

10:45 a.m., 559-782-4725

Tulare County Public Guardian & Adult Protective Services aims to “Protect elders and dependent adults from abuse and provide excellent public service to the community.”

Partnerships with Tulare County Sheriff, Tulare County District Attorney, Probate/Superior Court Judges, local hospitals and medical practitioners, and other law enforcement agencies make investigations of elder abuse possible. Your reporting call is completely confidential; please call 559-623-0650 if you suspect a family member, friend, or neighbor is being abused.

To report suspected elder or dependent adult abuse, call 559-623-0650.

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