June is elder abuse awareness month. Our attorneys were featured in the media to speak out about the prevalence of elder abuse, and ways Georgia Legal Services Program can help seniors.
Robert Bush, a supervising attorney in Savannah, was on the statewide Georgia Public Broadcasting’s morning radio show, On Second Thought. Listen to the segment on the GPB website here.
Tomieka Daniel, managing attorney in Macon, wrote the below op-ed published in Elijay’s Times-Courier:
An estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are abused or neglected each year, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
“I regularly see elderly clients that are taken advantage of by their loved ones or others around them—their homes taken, finances threatened, emotional well-being shattered. People don’t realize how at risk elderly people really are,” says Tomieka R. Daniel, Managing Attorney in the Georgia Legal Services office in Macon.
Elders who are abused are twice as likely to be hospitalized, four times as likely to go into nursing homes and three times as likely to die, according to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “While most abusers are family members, trusted professionals and complete strangers may also target older adults,” a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day press statement states.
At Georgia Legal Services our attorneys help seniors protect themselves against such abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise. We’ve assisted with temporary protective orders to create safe environments for elderly clients in abusive situations. We’ve helped with evictions from apartments and nursing homes. And we’ve saved clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debts by enrolling them in the healthcare insurance programs.
In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we at Georgia Legal Services want to make it known that we’re here to help. For more information, call 1-800-498-9469 or apply online at www.glsp.org. . To report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an older adult, please call 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464) – Press “3”. For help with benefits, including Medicaid or food stamps, call our Benefits Hotline at 1-888-632-6332.