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Senior abuse training is planned

by Linda Hiller

Elder abuse is on the increase, according to Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa.

“The elderly should be treated with respect, not forced to live in fear of abuse and neglect,” she said. “If you are aware of this crime, no only is it an act of kindness to report it, in many cases it is the law.”

With the growing number of retirees and seniors moving to Douglas County, elder abuse awareness and sensitivity to potential situations of neglect have moved to the front of the line for those who have contact with this age group.

To that end, the Douglas County Senior Abuse Training session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17. Any Carson Valley employees who deal with the elderly are encouraged to take part in the one-hour class.

Laurie Olson, ombudsman with the Division for Aging Services in Reno, will be giving the elder abuse prevention training.

Elder abuse is the willful and unjustified infliction of pain, injury or mental anguish or willful and unjustified deprivation of food, shelter, clothing or services necessary to maintain physical or mental health. While abuse and neglect are unacceptable at any age, many seniors are unable to defend themselves in these situations.

Elder abuse may include financial exploitation, and most abusers are family members of caregivers. Nationally, one out of 20 elderly people will become a victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation, according to the attorney general’s office.

The class is offered once a year, according to Senior Services Supervisor Kathy Maidlow, and will be from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville on Wednesday.

For more information, call 782-8165 or 782-8267.