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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

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 An estimated three to five million older adults in America were victims of abuse in 2011. Elder abuse often occurs at home, with a family member or caregiver causing the abuse. In many instances, it can go undetected for some time. 

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and I am encouraging Kentuckians to join me in raising awareness about this important issue. Please watch for any warning signs that may suggest that elder abuse is occurring to someone you know and love. 

Signs of elder abuse include: 

  • Obvious malnutrition or dehydration
  • Bruises that when explained do not make sense 
  • Pain on being touched
  • Being isolated from friends and family.

If you have suspicions that elder abuse is occurring, contact the 24-hour toll free hotline at 1-800-752-6200. Calls can be made anonymously. If you believe the person is in immediate danger, call 911.  

Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state; therefore, if you suspect that abuse is occurring you are legally required to report it.  

From the Office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway