ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new mobile app is helping the GBI identify at-risk adults or people 65 years or older who might be abused or neglected.
One of the many missions of the Albany Senior Center is to look after the welfare of all of the people who rely on this center.
Executive Director Kay Hind says the new GANE app, used to help identify abuse and neglect, is another step in the right direction to protecting seniors.
"It's an opportunity for all citizens to report neglect or abuse of older people. Of course we are always concerned about that," said Hind.
The app is another sign of how far efforts to protect seniors have come.
People can use the app to find important phone numbers to contact social services, regulatory, and other agencies.
Hind said it wasn't until two or three years ago that laws were put into effect to really protect seniors.
"There was no law on the books that really addressed getting the people responsible for this, and then they passed a law that put some teeth in the law, and now police can take action if they run into a situation like this," said Hind.
She noted that the GBI has really gotten involved and commended them for their help.
"The legislature put money into hiring a team of GBI workers that will be actually dealing with elderly unlicensed personal care homes and neglect of the elderly, and this is just icing on the cake," Hind said.
The app is available for free on Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices.