The following press release was issued by Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency

In California, elder abuse is significantly underreported. According to research, for every case of elder or dependent adult abuse known to agencies, 24 are unknown.

To help increase awareness, the Calaveras Health and Human Service Agency (CHHSA) and the Area 12 Agency on Aging are teaming up with community partners from throughout the region to educate our communities on the signs of elder and dependent abuse and how to report it as part of the statewide KNOW ABUSE REPORT ABUSE campaign.

Adult Protective Services serve dependent adults who are age 18 to 64 years and are dependent on others to care for them, and adults who are 65 years and older.

In 2017 Adult Protective Service(APS) received a total of 335 reports of suspected elder and dependent.

The State of California recognizes 6 types of abuse:

1) Self-Neglect –

2) Physical Abuse –

3) Neglect by Others –

4) Sexual Abuse –

5) Financial Abuse–

6) Mental Abuse –

*There are a number of indicators that may point to abuse, including:

• Lack of adequate food, water and other amenities

• Dirty clothing and changes in personal hygiene

• Bruises, black eyes, broken bones

• Bloody, ripped or stained clothing, sheets

• Harassment, coercion, intimidation, humiliation

Defrauding an elder or dependent adult is the most common form of abuse, below are red flags:

· Bank account withdrawals and charges the victim cannot explain

· Unpaid/overdue bills, despite the victim seemingly having sufficient funds

· Ongoing financial arrangements that the victim does not understand or recall agreeing to

· Missing property

· Potentially forged signatures on checks and other financial documents

Calaveras County has a 24-hour hotline for reporting suspected abuse of older and dependent adults. The local Adult Protective Services number is (209) 754-6677 or 1-844-690-5137.

To report suspected abuse of an elder in a nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly, or assisted living facility, contact the State CRISIS line number: 1-800-231-4024 or your local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program: Mother Lode Ombudsman 209-532-7632.

Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

We invite the community to join HHSA on June 26th for an Elder Abuse awareness event in the courtyard of the Administration Building in San Andreas during the lunchtime break of the Board of Supervisors meeting (12:00 to 2:00 pm). The event will feature booths from community partners with information on local resources for older and dependent adults and speakers that will touch upon the various types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and how & who to report suspected abuse to. You can find the large banner on the corner of Mountain Ranch and East St. Charles in front of the main HHSA building.

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