The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) works to protect the unprotected, and that includes the elderly members of our communities. May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Texas, and it’s the perfect time to check on elderly friends and neighbors.
“Abuse may get the headlines, but one of the most common situations we encounter is self- neglect,” said Kez Wold, DFPS associate commissioner for Adult Protective Services (APS). “Sometimes when people become ill or depressed, they quit trying or simply can’t care for themselves without some help. That’s when someone needs to make a call to the Texas Abuse Hotline.”
State law requires anyone who suspects adult abuse, neglect or financial exploitation to report it to the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800- 252-5400 or online at TxAbuseHotline.org. Callers can remain anonymous. Learn how to recognize adult abuse, neglect and exploitation at EveryonesBusiness.org
DFPS Officials add, “If residents know of an elderly neighbor who can no longer keep up their home, isn’t taking care of him or herself, or needs medical care, they may be the only person who knows or cares.”
In May, APS is joining with community, civic and professional groups to raise awareness and understanding about abuse, neglect and exploitation through conferences, presentations and other events. Learn about events in your area at EveryonesBusiness.org and please share them with your friends, neighbors and colleagues.
In El Paso, the following event is scheduled:
5th Annual Go Purple Health Fair
May 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway West (near the food court)