Communities Against Senior Exploitations: Prevent Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft-Part 4
Senior Social Worker,
Butte County Adult Protective Services
Under California law, the Adult Protective Services staff of each county is legally required to respond to suspicion of elder abuse, with “elders” defined as individuals 65 years of age and over. Butte County Social Worker Charles Coleman presents a list of the type of abuse his department has seen, including neglect, self-neglect, isolation, abandonment, insufficient physical care, lack of ability to manage financial affairs, and financial abuse by another individual. He states that financial abuse is the second-most reported of these problems. When a suspicion of abuse is reported, the APS social workers investigate. If they find a problem they report it to law enforcement; if warrented, law enforcement reports it to the district attorney’s office. An APS nurse works with victims who have medical issues.
Recorded: September 11, 2013