Politics & Government
8:23 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Etowah Co. Officials Hosting Elder Abuse Forum

Etowah County officials are preparing to host a conference focusing on elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors.

   The eighth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day summit is set for Wednesday morning at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.

   Jon Costa, of the Council on Aging of Etowah County, tells the Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/13LpPp3) more than 200 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in Etowah County are reported to the Department of Human Resources each year.

   Costa says 75 percent of elder abuse and exploitation victims are women and victims' average age is 78.
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   Information from: The Gadsden Times, http://www.gadsdentimes.com