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Senator Proposes Bill To Track Elderly Abuse

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In 2008, there were more than 30,000 reported cases of elder abuse in New York State, according to a newly released report.

The report, commissioned by State senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), includes data drawn from seven state agencies, which he says is largely the problem. Klein has proposed a bill that would make one agency responsible for tracking elder abuse.

“It will empower the Office of Children and Family Services to bring together data from different agencies on elder abuse. I think once we have that information in place, it can certainly lead to a lot of other effective enforcement,” Klein told WYNC.

According to the report, 90 percent of elder abuse incidents spur in domestic settings. Financial exploitation is the fastest growing type of elder abuse.

Elderly abuse is a broad term that includes anything – from failing to feed or provide medication to deceiving a senior into signing documents that transfers finances to the caregiver.