Health
4:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Alamance County Launches Effort To Protect Seniors From Abuse

Elderly woman, Senior Citizen, Walking, Park,
Alamance County is attempting to cut down on abuse against the elderly.
Credit Matthew Sanders via Flickr, Creative Commons

The Alamance County D.A. has started an effort to protect senior citizens from being crime victims.  Pat Nadolsli kicked off the 'Elder Abuse Initiative' Friday.  He says Alamance County data showed more than 300 cases of elder abuse and exploitation from 2011 to 2012.  Nadolski says the plan is to stop these crimes in the many forms they can take.

"It includes physical, sexual, psychological abuse, financial exploitation and then just neglect so it's very broad and it's happening everyday in North Carolina and across the nation," he says.

Nadolski says he and others in his office are volunteering their efforts to seek out these crimes.  He says his office will investigate criminals and even family members accused of harming seniors.