This week, Sheridan Media is taking a look at the issue of exploitation of senior citizens within our community. Mayor, Dave Kinskey, said that like the rest of the nation, Sheridan sees a fair share of abuse of the elderly.
Paul Greenwood is a nationally recognized expert in the area of elder abuse. He works as a prosecutor for the county of San Diego, and visited Sheridan last week to host a workshop at the request of the Sheridan Senior Center. He said elderly citizens can become vulnerable to predation because of life circumstances or physical disability.
It's a common perception that elderly citizens are most likely to fall for phone or Internet scams, but Greenwood said most cases of senior citizen abuse involve friends or caretakers abusing those they're charged to protect. He said the most common scenario of family abuse of elders involves a middle-aged son abusing his elderly, widowed mother.
Greenwood went on to explain that abused elders are not very likely to report the exploitation they suffer, and that means it's important for the community to watch out for them and be their advocates. Stay tuned to Sheridan Media News throughout the week to hear more about how to identify and stop exploitation of senior citizens.