LETTER: We need to do more to stop abuse and neglect of elders

To Ozaukee Press:

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.

Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which threaten the wellbeing of our entire community.

Older people are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. We can design stronger societal supports to keep our older people connected and protect them from abuse, whether financial, emotional, physical or sexual. We can and must create healthier and safer communities for our older adults.

If you are able to give support, please connect with your older family members, neighbors or local volunteer agencies. If you need services and support, contact Ozaukee County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center.

If you are an older adult and a victim of neglect, abuse, financial exploitation or self-neglect, or you know someone experiencing this, please reach out to Ozaukee County’s Adult Protective Services at 262-284-8200.

Julie Schlehlein

Adult protective services supervisor

Ozaukee County Human Services


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Ozaukee Press

Wisconsin’s largest paid circulation community weekly newspaper. Serving Port Washington, Saukville, Grafton, Fredonia, Belgium, as well as Ozaukee County government. Locally owned and printed in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

125 E. Main St.
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 284-3494


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