Houston and Harris County Develop Partnership to Combat Elder Abuse

Houston and Harris County Develop Partnership to Combat Elder Abuse

Source: 

National Institute of Justice

Author(s): 

Becky Lewis

According to the National Institute on Aging, most infants born in the United States in 1900 did not live past the age of 50, and life expectancy at birth now exceeds 83 years. Although often referred to as the "Golden Years," for many individuals over age 65, they've become the "Vulnerable Years," as diminished physical and mental capacity make them more susceptible to abuse, both financial and physical.

In Houston and Harris County, Texas, steps are being taken to lessen that vulnerability. Funded by a Victims of Crime Act grant, the new Harris County Senior Justice Assessment Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team that includes the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Protective Services, the district attorney's office, the Area Agency on Aging, Harris County Health Services, the University of Texas Health Services, and others.

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