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Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Sunday, June 15, as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Minnesota, as a time to promote better understanding and address under-recognized problems with abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults. To observe the day, staff of the DHS Continuing Care Administration and the Office of the Ombudsman for Long Term Care participated in a daylong conference Thursday, June 12, at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
The conference included sessions on preventing financial exploitation, professional ethical issues in reporting maltreatment, psychiatric medication use in older adults and other issues.
Jean Wood, DHS Aging and Adult Services director, said that Minnesota is improving the ways it prevents, detects, reports and addresses abuse of vulnerable adults, but still has a long way to go.
“As older adults and people with disabilities make up a larger proportion of our population, all of us need to be increasingly vigilant that the health, safety and dignity of all people are consistently maintained,” she said.
More information on adult protection is available on the DHS adult protection pages on the DHS public website.
Gov. Dayton's proclamation is on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.