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A new bill this session hopes to prevent elder abuse in Oregon. The House bill passed unanimously in both chambers and creates an Oregon Elder Abuse Work Group.  AARP Governmental Affairs spokesperson Rick Bennett says elder abuse can come in the form of physical, verbal or financial abuse, and sometimes comes from paid care givers or even unpaid friends and family: “More care is being given by family members, then say, paid employees at facilities and that often means the person who is impaired the person who needs assistance from their family members is quite often being abused by those who same family members as well." He says the bill won't come with a cost to taxpayers because it’s a volunteer elder abuse work group. After they compile their report the group will report back to state lawmakers. The State's long-term care ombudsman says elder abuse it a bigger problem than people realize and calls it a silent problem.

 

 

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