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State senator visits seniors to talk about elder abuse

Updated: Friday, June 13 2014, 06:42 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) spoke about the alarming statistics at the Primetime Senior Center in Steubenville on Friday.
A number of people looked on as the senator shared some of his biggest concerns about elder abuse.
"The one that's most alarming to me are the number of cases that go unreported,” he said. “We need to do more as a state to try to bring that number down.”
Some abuse cases go unreported when people don't know how to pick up the signs of a senior who is the victim of abuse.
“I've had family members in nursing homes and assisted living and a lot of the things that went on then were probably abuse and I wasn't really completely aware of it, like the bed sores,” he said. “Just when they need help they need changed, sometimes they'd wait 20, 30 minutes"
Gentile and other government officials brought attention to cases similar, explaining how people should handle elder abuse situations, and bring awareness to the abuse they see.
"The other big component of it is just getting out the community and talking about,” Gentile said. “That's why I think events like this are so important today."
Seniors who suffer from Dementia and Alzheimer's are at a higher risk for elder abuse.

State senator visits seniors to talk about elder abuse


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