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CEN­TRE­VILLE — More than 8,000 re­ports of abuse, ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion were ad­dressed in Mary­land last year through var­i­ous state agen­cies. El­der abuse can oc­cur any­where — in the home, in nurs­ing homes, or other in­sti­tu­tions. It af­fects se­niors across all so­cio-eco­nomic groups, cul­tures and races.

In Queen Anne’s County, those who sus­pect abuse of el­ders who live in the com­mu­nity should call Adult Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices at 410-758-8000.

In the United States, there are more than one mil­lion re­ports of el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble adult abuse which is only the tip of the ice­berg as only one in four­teen cases are re­ported. Abuse takes many forms, some in­volv­ing in­tim­i­da­tion or threats against the el­derly, some in­volv­ing ne­glect and oth­ers in­volv­ing fi­nan­cial trick­ery. The most com­mon type of abuses are phys­i­cal, emo­tional, sex­ual or ne­glect by aban­don­ment.

Con­cerns about those liv­ing in nurs­ing homes and as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties can be re­ported to the Long Term Care Om­buds­man at 410-758-0848. The Om­buds­man is an ad­vo­cate for those who live in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties, pro­mot­ing res­i­dent rights and qual­ity care.

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