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File #: 18-0088R    Version: 0 Name: Recognizing June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/4/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 6/4/2018
Enactment #:
Title: Recognizing June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month For the purpose of recognizing June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, urging all Baltimoreans to learn the signs of elder abuse, and calling on the public to join with government at all levels to help eliminate the unconscionable mistreatment of elders in our communities.
Sponsors: Sharon Green Middleton, President Young, John T. Bullock, Bill Henry, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Zeke Cohen, Shannon Sneed, Brandon M. Scott, Robert Stokes, Sr., Kristerfer Burnett, Mary Pat Clarke, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer
Indexes: Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Recognizing
Attachments: 1. 18-0088R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_18-0088R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Middleton and President Young



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Recognizing June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month
For the purpose of recognizing June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, urging all Baltimoreans to learn the signs of elder abuse, and calling on the public to join with government at all levels to help eliminate the unconscionable mistreatment of elders in our communities.
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Recitals

June is the month dedicated to raising awareness for abuse of the elderly. Elder Abuse Awareness Month is tackling a huge, important issue since many seniors are being abused. Sadly, elders too often suffer from many kinds of abuse - including physical, financial, and emotional abuse.

According to HelpGuide.org, over half a million reports of abuse of elderly Americans are made to authorities each year. It’s believed that many more instances are never reported.
Elder abuse can br hard to detect because it can take place behind closed doors in an older person’s home, caretakers in an institution can be the perpetrators, or scam artists can get at them over the phone, via computer, or at their front door. Sadly, many cases of abuse are at the hands of family.

Abuse is not always actively done with force. It can also be neglect. The senior is not fed, not kept clean or warm, not kept safe, not given proper medical care.

Since elder abuse is often so hard to detect, it is important for...

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