May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Adult Protective Services' (APS) is reminding all Texans to do their part in the battle against abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and adults with disabilities. “If you suspect that an elderly or disabled adult is being abused or neglected, please report it immediately,” said Beth Engelking, DFPS assistant commissioner for Adult Protective Services. “Protecting vulnerable adults is everyone’s business." Throughout May, APS and many community, civic, and professional groups are holding conferences and other events designed to boost understanding of adult abuse and to explore new ways of protecting Texans who are elderly or have disabilities. It's all part of APS' annual "It's Everyone's Business" campaign. Learn about signs of abuse and find events in your area at: www.EveryonesBusiness.orgLast year, APS completed 82,802 investigations and confirmed that 56,056 people were victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation while living at home. Half of the victims were elderly and half were people with disabilities. State law requires anyone who suspects abuse, neglect, or exploitation to report it to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or online at urges civic groups, hospitals, home-health agencies, libraries, congregations or anyone interested in protecting the elderly to download and share the Adult Abuse Prevention Kit. This 30-page resource in English and Spanish, plus other resources, are available at Protective Services (APS) is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The mission of APS is to protect the elderly and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. APS does this by investigating allegations and by providing or arranging for services to alleviate or prevent further maltreatment.APS serves Texas residents 65 years or older, and those 18 to 64 with a disabling condition.Texas has more than 2.5 million residents 65 or older and more than 1.7 million people with a disability (ages 18-64).In 2010, APS completed more than 82,802 investigations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation involving adults living at home. Those investigations confirmed that 56,056 Texans were victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.