Proclaiming May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month
Houston County Courier
Houston County Judge Erin Ford recently signed a proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Month. Tracey Belin, Adult Protective Service (APS) supervisor; Judy Cardenas, APS specialist and Carly Anderson, APS Advisory Board president brought county and city officials along with local organizations together for the proclamation signing that took place Tuesday, April 23 in the Commissioners Courtroom. The proclamation urges citizens to join Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and acknowledge the importance of health, safety and wellbeing of the elderly and disabled. In 2012, Texas APS In- Home Caseworkers statewide completed 87,487 investigations of which 59,595 cases of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation were confirmed against our elderly Texans or those with disabilities. In Houston County alone, APS received 332 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation and 274 were confirmed as victims. Citizens are encouraged to make it a mission to remember the elderly and adults with disabilities in their communities. As the public becomes more aware of vulnerable adults and their needs, the number of reports will increase and APS can continue protecting the unprotected by enhancing their lives and well-being. To report suspected elderly abuse, neglect or exploitation call 800-252-5400.