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Newsroom SRS and KDOA to educate public about elder abuse

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 exploitation.
  • 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 crimes."

    To report elder abuse, contact the Protection Report Center at 1-800-922-5330.