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New Program at Ohio Attorney General’s Office Targets Abuse of Senior Citizens

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

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The Ohio Attorney General’s office is setting up a new program to help prevent abuse of senior citizens. Jo Ingles, with Ohio Public Radio has more.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office is setting up a new program to help prevent abuse of senior citizens. Ursel McElroy is the Director of the new Elder Justice Initiative. She says the idea is to bring the various resources of that office together to respond better and faster to seniors who have been the victim of abuse on a physical, emotional or financial level.

“One of the things we know is working through an abuse case sometimes can be complicated or lengthy,” McElroy said. “But we want to make sure we provide services to that older person in the midst of things that are happening to them. Secondly, we are going to vet the case. We are going to look at the case to see if this is something we can handle or if it is more appropriately handled at the local level.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio’s senior citizen population is growing. He says the number of Ohioans age 60 and over will grow by 29 percent by the year 2020 and will grow by nearly 50 percent by the year 2040.

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