Topeka - The Department of Social and Rehabilitation
Services (SRS) and the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) will hold a press
conference Friday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the East Topeka Senior Center,
1114 SE 10th Street, to highlight the services offered by the state of Kansas to
help protect seniors from elder abuse. The event will be held in conjunction
with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Hundreds of communities around the globe will recognize June 15th as World
Elder Abuse Awareness Day in an effort to bring more to attention to the
problem. Adult Protective Services (APS) of Kansas considers reports of abuse,
neglect, exploitation, and fiduciary abuse of elders potentially harmful
situations that warrant investigation. Last year APS received over 11,000
reports of elder abuse and investigated over 7,400 cases.
“Elder abuse is an issue that has been largely under recognized by the
public,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “Protecting the elderly from abuse is an
important issue for all Kansans.”
Abuse can result from intentional or unintentional actions by a caregiver,
friend or relative, as well as the elderly or disabled adult themselves. Those
who are most frail, dependent, and socially isolated are most at risk.
APS recommends reporting elder abuse to SRS when:
- An adult is in a harmful situation or is in danger of being harmed.
- An adult is unable to protect him/herself.
- A specific incident or pattern of incidents suggests abuse, neglect or
- The adult is unable to provide for or obtain the services necessary to
ensure safety and well- being and to avoid physical or mental harm or illness.
"Every day, somewhere in Kansas, a senior is physically abused or financially
exploited," said Secretary of Aging Kathy Greenlee. "Public awareness and
community involvement is the key to preventing and prosecuting these
To report elder abuse, contact the Protection Report Center at