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Preventing Elder Abuse in Houston

As the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s […]

As the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s Social Security check to a door-to-door scam.

We discuss what elder abuse is, ways to spot it, and efforts in Greater Houston to prevent it with two guests:Â Jason Burnett, co-director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute (TEAM); and James Booker, director of the Texas Region VI Adult Protective Services and co-director of TEAM.

To report a suspected case of elder abuse, call: 800-252-5400.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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