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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