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  • June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month


    It’s a subject we’re never comfortable discussing, but it’s also a reality we need to address. Did you know that one in ten people over the age of sixty, who live at home, have reported being abused? Do you suspect abuse and don’t know the steps to take? Here are some key clues and risk factors that a Senior needs your help:

    · A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia

    · History of mental illness or substance abuse by the victim or abuser or both

    · Social isolation

    · Poor physical health

    Remember, Rhode Island Law requires you to report your suspicions if a vulnerable citizens may be in danger.

    Who should you call?

    The Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs Adult Protective Services Unit is responsible for investigating complaints of abuse of Rhode Islanders 60 years of age and older by a family member, caregiver, or person with a duty to care for the elder.

    Division of Elderly Affairs Adult Protective Services (401) 462-0555 or (401) 462-3000

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