Safety for Seniors

In Wisconsin, health workers are seeing a steady rise in the number of seniors being abused, neglected and targeted for financial scams. In 2006, more than 4,000...
by | April 16, 2007

In Wisconsin, health workers are seeing a steady rise in the number of seniors being abused, neglected and targeted for financial scams. In 2006, more than 4,000 cases of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation were reported, including 24 fatalities. The rise has prompted Milwaukee County's Department of Aging and the Medical College of Wisconsin's Center for Healthy Communities to launch an initiative aimed at protecting older adults from abuse and neglect. Called Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders, the initiative educates front-line responders in medical, home care and emergency response services to spot the warning signs of elder abuse and neglect. Front-line workers are taught to look for signs that include unexplained weight loss, dehydration, malnutrition, declining hygiene, injuries, cuts and bruises. To learn more about SANE, call the Center for Healthy Communities at 414-456-8296.