elder abuse

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Elder abuse is a problem that affects hundreds of thousands of elderly individuals in the form of physical, sexual, psychological, financial abuse, exploitation and neglect. To help protect the elderly in Kentucky, last November then-Governor Steve Beshear signed an emergency regulation, effective as of the first of this year, requiring 1,300 health care providers for the elderly to obtain national background checks for new employees.

  It can be physical, verbal, emotional, financial or a matter of neglect, but elder abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. Some studies indicate that 1 in 10 seniors have suffered some form of abuse at least once. Representatives of elder abuse prevention shelters from seven states met last week in Mason for a symposium to strengthen the network of shelters that protect victims of elder abuse. The nine existing shelters in the U.S. have come together to form the SPRiNG Alliance.