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Northlands: Minnesota elder abuse is on the rise

By May 22, 2012 No Comments

A new report from Northlands News Center indicates that elder abuse is on the rise here in Minnesota.

The article interviewed senior ombudsman for Long Term Care Deb Holt, who said that the state currently has harsher penalties for animals that are neglected than elderly people who are neglected.

Iris Freeman, of the Center on Elder Justice and Policy at the William Mitchell College of Law, finds secrecy to be the main culprit of rising abuse.

“It’s hard to know (what the extent of the damage is) because of the secrecy when nursing home residents are cared for at night,” Freeman said, “Many cases of deprivation occur in such secrecy, in such silence, that by the time the victim is found there has been such disastrous harm that the victim is not likely to live.”

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