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Financial exploitation, self-neglect affect seniors

Report from Oregon Department of Human Services


The Oregon Department of Human Services 2011 Adult Protective Services data report shows financial exploitation and self-neglect as the two areas of abuse and neglect with the greatest number of victims among elderly and disabled Oregonians.

The report was introduced at the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee by Marie Cervantes, director of the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations at DHS.

“This report helps us all better understand Oregon’s adult abuse trends more clearly,” she said. “Our goal is to use the information so that we can target our abuse-prevention efforts to have the greatest impact.”

Cervantes said this information will help them to learn more about the demographics of people who perpetrate abuse and root causes of why abuse is happening.

She said it will lead toward more effective prevention efforts.

While financial exploitation and self-neglect are the top concerns, the most often reported complaint in Oregon’s licensed care settings is neglect of care.

Cervantes said efforts are continuing to strengthen protections for vulnerable adults in licensed care settings and in Oregon.

“We have worked to develop enhanced training and support for abuse prevention and early detection; improve our response to reports of abuse; and strengthen relationships with local law enforcement to ensure accountability for abuse perpetrators,” Cervantes said.

For more information on elder abuse, visit oregon.gov/DHS.




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