EL PASO — Elders are the fastest growing segment of our society, according to Adult Protective Services. They said by 2020, it's estimated the 65 and over population will double while the 85 and over population triples.
Adult Protective Services held a conference with a variety of experts about how to best protect the elderly and disabled adults at the 5th annual Crimes Against the Elderly Conference.
"Each year, we've had more than 400 attend," said Grace Ortiz, APS Community Initiatives Specialist. "In addition to seniors, we see a lot of professionals like bankers, home health providers, social workers and legal professionals who work daily servicing El Paso's elderly. They are often our first line of defense in preventing elder abuse."
Last year, APS confirmed 2,296 investigations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in El Paso County. However, studies indicate that 4 out of 5 incidents of elder abuse/neglect are never reported to the authorities.
"Clearly, more needs to be done to educate the public," said Ortiz.
APS urges everyone to be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. If suspected, call 1-800-252-5400 and file a report so APS and law enforcement can investigate. Or you can report online at TxAbuseHotline.org http://www.txabusehotline.org .