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Age Discrimination Takes Its Toll by Paula Span, January 12, 2012, 12:07 pm:"Raise your hand if you've felt that people treat you with less respect or courtesy than others, that they act as if you're not smart, that you get poorer service in stores and restaurants than others in short, if you've felt discriminated against because of age, gender, ethnicity, income, disability, appearance, even marital status. A startling proportion of older people report that they've experienced discrimination: 63 percent, in a study recently published in Research on Aging. The most commonly cited cause? "Thirty percent report being mistreated because of their age," said the lead author Ye Luo, a Clemson University sociologist. Perceived discrimination because of gender, race or ancestry, disabilities or appearance followed in smaller proportion"



Annotated Bibliography Adult Protective Services:"Until the advent of the House Select Committee on Aging's 1981 report, elder-related issues received little attention in the legal, political, or social services arenas. However, 1991 government statistics have indicated that between 1.5 and 2 million elders are abused each year in this country. There is some speculation that these figures may underestimate the actual prevalence of the abuse, given that this activity may occur in a private home or within a family, and there may be limited opportunities for observation or involvement of outsiders. Also, many elderly victims may choose not to report such activity out of fear or shame, or may be unable to report the abuse as a result of cognitive impairment. The magnitude of the problem is further elucidated by the projection that approximately 13% of the U.S. population will be over 65 years of age in the year 2000."


Adult Protective Services, Alaska:"This service acts on reports of mental, financial or physical abuse, and neglect or self neglect of vulnerable adults. It is administered out of the Anchorage office. The Statewide Supervisor, John Burke can be reached at 1-800-478-9996 or 907-269-3666. The address is 3601 C Street, Suite 310, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5984."


Garrett County Adult Protective Services, Maryland:"In 1997 Garrett County Adult Protective Services investigated 79 cases of suspected adult abuse. Of those cases females made up the majority 71% with 29% males. The age range for these adults was from 25 to 91 years old with the average age being 68.7 years old."
Garrett County Department of Social Services, 12578 Garrett Highway Oakland, MD 21550 301-334-5406


Adult Protective Services Law, South Carolina Department of Social Services, SCDSS:"No vulnerable adult may be considered to be abused or neglected for the sole reason that, in lieu of medical treatment, the vulnerable adult is being furnished nonmedical remedial treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone which the vulnerable adult has practiced freely in accordance with his religion."


Adult Protective Services, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services:"Adult Protective Services (APS) is a program that protects vulnerable adults by investigating concerns and providing protective service."
Send inquiries about DSHS and its programs to: Constituent Services, or call 1-800-737-0617 (toll free).


HB 863 - Disabled Adults, Elder Persons, and Vulnerable Adults Protection Act (Georgia):"A BILL to amend Chapter 5 of Title 30 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the "Disabled Adults and Elder Persons Protection Act," so as to provide for the protection of vulnerable adults and change the provisions relating to the short title, definitions, and penalties; and for other purposes."


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