The Silent Crime of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a hideous and frightening crime. All too often this segment of our population is left alone, dependent upon others for the simplest tasks. Because of this vulnerability, older adults are at risk of being victimized by criminal conduct such as abuse, neglect or exploitation from the hands of those they trust and rely upon the most.   You are likely aware of our responsibility to report instances of child abuse. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware that we also have a duty and responsibility to report signs of suspected elder abuse. 

Elder abuse can be in many forms which may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and caretaker neglect. Signs of elder abuse can range from serious physical injury to more subtle signs such as unusual activity in bank accounts. Other clues include weight loss, sudden changes in behavior, and alienation from friends and family.

Be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse and check on family, friends, and neighbors. Reports can be made to the Cabinet for Families and Children, your local law enforcement agency or by contacting the County Attorney's Office.  My office takes these cases very seriously and we want to ensure that the welfare and safety of all Kenton County residents is our highest priority.    
Posted October 14, 2015 at 07:46 AM