As the number of elderly citizens in the country continues to rise, the number of states looking to find ways of combating the growing problem of elder abuse rises as well. Tennessee and New Hampshire, two of the states leading the charge in combating elder abuse have an elder abuse registry. If Georgia wishes to crack down on a growing problem, the same is necessary in the Peach State, according to a report from U.S. News.
While Georgia state agencies have ramped up efforts to crack down on the growing problem of elder abuse, stricter protocols may need to be put into place to track offenses.
Georgia lacks an elder abuse registry.
That is something that may be sorely needed to track these crimes as the elderly population continues to grow. In metro Atlanta alone, the number of elderly citizens quadrupled from 1970 to 2015.
This means that one in five Georgians are elderly or disabled and ten percent of those are victims of physical or financial abuse. State officials are concerned that this problem will continue to grow until something more is done to stop it.
An elderly abuse registry would work like a child abuse or sex offender registry, according to the advocates who are calling for such implementation. The registry would help those caring for elderly loved ones to make decisions regarding who they allow to care for their loved one.
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