130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 36  As Adopted by the Senate
As Adopted by the Senate

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
S. C. R. No. 36


Senators Jones, Cafaro 

Cosponsors: Senators Gardner, Beagle, Hughes, Hite, Manning, Turner, Gentile, Skindell, Brown, Tavares, Balderson, Burke, Coley, Eklund, Faber, Jordan, Kearney, LaRose, Lehner, Obhof, Oelslager, Patton, Peterson, Sawyer, Smith, Uecker, Widener 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Ohio, June 15.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, Federal government estimates show that more than one in ten persons over age sixty, or six million individuals, are victims of elder abuse each year; and

       WHEREAS, The vast majority of the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults in the United States goes unidentified and unreported; and

       WHEREAS, Only one in forty-four cases of financial abuse of older adults is reported; and

       WHEREAS, At least two billion nine hundred million dollars is taken from older adults each year due to financial abuse and exploitation; and

       WHEREAS, Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation have no boundaries and cross all racial, social, class, gender, and geographic lines; and

       WHEREAS, Older adults who are abused are three times more likely to die earlier than older adults of the same age who are not abused; and

       WHEREAS, Although all fifty states have laws against elder abuse, incidents of elder abuse have increased by one hundred fifty per cent over the last ten years; and

       WHEREAS, Public awareness has the potential to increase the identification and reporting of elder abuse by the public, professionals, and victims, and can act as a catalyst to promote issue-based education and long-term prevention; and

       WHEREAS, Private individuals and public agencies must work together on the federal, state, and local levels to combat increasing occurrences of abuse, neglect, and exploitation crime and violence against vulnerable older adults and vulnerable adults, particularly in light of limited resources for vital protective services; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, recognize June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Ohio; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, recognize judges, lawyers, adult protective services professionals, law enforcement officers, social workers, health care providers, victims' advocates, and other professionals and agencies for their efforts to advance awareness of elder abuse; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 130th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, encourage members of the public and professionals who work with older adults to act as catalysts to promote awareness and long-term prevention of elder abuse by reaching out to local adult protective services agencies and by learning to recognize, detect, report, and respond to elder abuse; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the news media of Ohio.

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