Protecting the elderly from abuse - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Protecting the elderly from abuse

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:18:42 GMT
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
  • Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:12:21 GMT
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>

April 29, 2003

Thomasville - Those who strive to protect the elderly from being neglected and abused are in training this week.

About 70 Elderly Care Ombudsmen from all over Georgia are spending a few days in Thomasville.

They are learning about financial exploitation and legislative issues. One key topic is the Elderly Justice Act. The proposed bill is expected to get a focus on elderly justice at a federal level. State Ombudsman, Becky Kurtz, says, "It would make a higher profile on elder abuse, financial exploitation, give the focus at the federal level. Hopefully get some research dollars and a place in federal government for us to go to have advocacy for elders."

The bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

There are between 500,000 and five million seniors who are abused in the U.S. every year. Eighty-four percent of all cases are never reported.

posted at 5:44PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com