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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 Advocates for the elderly say crimes, like the ones those workers in Morven are charged with, are taken more seriously now.

SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind says it used to be difficult to prosecute elder abusers.

She says, thanks to new laws, the GBI and other law enforcement agencies are now more aggressive investigating those cases.

"A couple of years ago, they tightened the laws, so now if any abuse or neglect is identified or recognized, they take action, and that is really important," said SOWEGA Council on Aging Exec. Dir. Kay Hind.      

The SOWEGA Council on Aging has three ombudsmen who visit the two dozen nursing homes and 140 personal care homes in their 14-county region each month. They also do other checks if they get complaints.

Just last week the Department of Community Health and the GBI announced a partnership to crack down on unlicensed personal care homes.

 

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