Protecting elderly citizens has become a primary objective for the state government.
The elderly tend to be an at-risk population already.
They are targeted by scams, abusers and opportunities.
Georgia officials have been focusing new legislation on this issue.
According to a recent U.S. News article titled “Georgia Must Do More to Track, Prevent Elder Abuse, Some Say,” even more needs to be done.
The number of elderly residents in Georgia is increasing.
In the Atlanta area alone, the number of seniors over 60 increased four times between 1970 and 2015.
In fact, some 20 percent of the Georgia population is disabled or elderly.
Of this population, 10 percent have victimized physically or financially.
What are the proposed plans?
The Georgia legislature is hoping to create a new registry for known elder abusers.
This would functions similar to child and sexual abuse registries.
They are planning to introduce a bill in the next legislative session.
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Reference: US News (July 9, 2017) “Georgia Must Do More to Track, Prevent Elder Abuse, Some Say”