Breaking the Silence: What is elder abuse?

IN JUST THE LAST 2 WEEKS SHE SAYS MORE THAN 400 RESPONDENTS PARENTS, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS SAY THEY ALSO WANT TO SEE KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS TEACH SEX EDUCATION CHANGE

DOUG: BEGINNING THIS MORNING AND ENDING TONIGHT AT 11, WATE SIX-ON- YOUR SIDE TAKES AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ELDER ABUSE TEARSA: WE'LL FOCUS ON WHO IS AFFECTED, WHY THEY'RE ABUSED, AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO STOP THE ABUSE DOUG: AS WATE, SIX ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER DON DARE EXPLAINS, FOR YEARS MANY PEOPLE WERE SILENT WHEN OLDER PEOPLE WERE ABUSED BUT NOW THAT'S CHANGING

RONNA FORMAN: SO YOUR PUZZLE IS COMING ALONG GOOD ISN'T IT MAXINE: IT IS MAXINE AND RONNA FORMAN HAVE FORMED A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS MAXINE'S LIFE WAS LIKE THIS PUZZLE IN DISARRAY SHE ASKED THAT WE NOT REVEAL HER LAST NAME

WHEN HER HUSBAND DIED TWO YEARS AGO, SHE WAS ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HER HOUSE WAS TOO BIG, SHE SOLD IT AND MOVED INTO AN APARTMENT INTRODUCED BY A FRIEND, A YOUNG WOMAN MAXINE DIDN'T KNOW WELL MOVED IN WITH HER MAXINE: I WANTED HER TO HELP ME WITH MY MEALS, HELP KEEP THE APARTMENT CLEAN AND TAKE ME WHERE I NEEDED TO GO SHE CAME TO SPEND ONE NIGHT

SHE NEVER LEFT ALL SHE WANTED WAS MONEY TO GO BUY DRUGS FOR 4 MONTHS, THE CAREGIVER LIVED WITH MAXINE SHE HAD GIVEN THE YOUNG WOMAN ACCESS TO HER DEBIT CARD DARE ASKS: HOW BADLY DID SHE DRAIN YOUR ACCOUNT? MAXINE: OH, BADLY

OVER TWELVE THOUSANDS IN SAVINGS RONNA FORMAN, CASE MANAGER, OFFICE ON AGING: MY CLIENTS A LOT OF TIME FEEL HUMILIATED AND ASHAMED FOR BEING IN THE SITUATION THEY'VE BEEN IN RONNA FORMAN IS MAXINE'S CASE MANAGER OBTAINING A SENIOR'S MONEY, CALLED FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION, OFTEN LEADS TO FURTHER NEGLECT AND ABUSE RONNA FORMAN: I WOULD SAY ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I HELP HAVE BEEN FINANCIALLY EXPLOITED BY A CAREGIVER

DARE ASKS MAXINE: WERE YOU AFRAID TO CONFRONT HER? MAXINE: YES I GOT USE TO HER BEING THERE AND I WAS AFRAID OF BEING ALONE ELDER ABUSE IS WIDESPREAD AN ESTIMATED 1 IN 10 OLDER ADULTS ARE VICTIMS OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION EVERY YEAR TWO THIRDS OF ABUSERS ARE ADULT CHILDREN OR SPOUSES

THOSE ABUSED FEAR RETALIATION, LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE, OR UPSETTING THEIR FAMILY SO THEY SAY NOTHING MAXINE NOW LIVES A SAFE PLACE AND HAS PEOPLE LOOKING OUT FOR HER SHE HAS A CLEAR MESSAGE MAXINE: MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE LETTING INTO YOUR LIFE IF YOU SUSPECT THE ABUSE/NEGLECT/ EXPLOITATION OF OLDER ADULTS REPORT IT TO THE ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1-888-277-8366 DON DARE, WATE, 6 ON YOUR SIDE DOUG: THANKS, DON THROUGHOUT EACH NEWSCAST TODAY WE'LL CONTINUE TO BRING

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