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Close to Home: The key to preventing elder abuse: awareness

Published Thursday June 9

In 2015, reports of elder abuse in Sonoma County reached an all-time high of 5,176, a thirteen percent increase from 2014 and a 110 percent increase from a 10 years earlier.

On the surface, these reasonable statistics are disheartening, but dig a little deeper and there may be a silver lining.

This rise in reports could be a result of increased awareness of what elder abuse is and how to report it, resulting in more victims receiving help. Increased reports also represent a measure of success for education and awareness efforts in recent years.

Contact your local senior center for more information.

Article length: About 470 words.
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