About 60,000 Ohioans over AGE 60 suffer routine physical abuse, often at the hands of family and caregivers, according to the Ohio Commission on the Prevention of Injury. And that distressing figure does not even count the cases of emotional abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Indeed the estimate is likely skewed quite low as only about 1 in 5 cases of elder abuse goes reported, advocates of senior citizens estimate.
That’s why a program that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine unveiled last week holds great promise toward reducing the scope of such heartless and sometimes deadly treatment of our respected but vulnerable senior population.
Under the new Elder Justice Initiative, De- Wine’s staff will work with local law enforcers to fight senior abuse more aggressively. Plans call for increasing prosecutions and providing additional resources for victims to get help.
The need for this proactive initiative likely will increase dramatically in coming years as more and more baby boomers enter their golden years. We therefore commend DeWine for crafting the program and urge all local law-enforcement partners in it to cooperate vigorously.