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Lifespan to receive increased funding for elder abuse prevention

Posted at: 04/09/2013 6:50 AM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 12:18 PM

Lifespan's Elder Abuse Prevention Program is receiving a record level of state support.

This year, the local program will receive $750,000 in funding which is an increase of half a million dollars. This will go towards education and intervention.

More than 250,000 older adults experience elder abuse each year.

Lifespan President and CEO Ann Marie Cook said, “One of the biggest problems that we see is that it's under recognized, under reported and under prosecuted and so we will be able to train different professions to recognize abuse. We will also be able to educate older adults themselves on what they can do if they are a victim of elder abuse."

The most common type of elder abuse is financial exploitation and most victims are women over the age of 75.