Protecting the elderly

A recent Star Tribune series exposed abuse and neglect in Minnesota nursing homes.

The newspaper found that in the last year, across state-licensed homes for the elderly, there have been 25,226 allegations of neglect, physical abuse, unexplained injuries and thefts. To make matters worse, 97 percent of these incidents were never investigated.

As we and our loved ones get older, how do we prevent abuse and exploitation?

Executive Director of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, Amanda Vickstrom, and Program Manager for Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin, Anita Raymond joined MPR News senior producer Stephanie Curtis for a discussion on elderly rights in and out of state-licensed nursing homes.

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Resources mentioned in today's show:

Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) hotline: 844-880-1574

Minnesota Board on Aging's Senior LinkAge Line: 1-800-333-2433

Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making

Guardianship Information Line: 952-945-4174|Toll Free: 844-333-1748

Additional resources:Aging Life Care Association

Honoring Choices

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