Although elder abuse has gotten attention and legislation in recent years, it appears to be on the rise still.
As reported in the New York Times "New Old Age" blog, a federal report highlights the inadequacies of adult protective services around the country.
One possible bright light:
The chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, reintroduced the Elder Abuse Victims Act at Wednesday's hearing. The bill would establish an office of elder justice within the federal Justice Department charged with protecting the elderly by strengthening law enforcement responses to abuse.
A good start, but other measures are in order as well. Definitely a topic for future posts!