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Preventing Elder Abuse in Houston

Preventing Elder Abuse in Houston

elderly handsAs the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s Social Security check to a door-to-door scam.

We discuss what elder abuse is, ways to spot it, and efforts in Greater Houston to prevent it with two guests: Jason Burnett, co-director of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute (TEAM); and James Booker, director of the Texas Region VI Adult Protective Services and co-director of TEAM.

To report a suspected case of elder abuse, call: 800-252-5400.

About the Author

Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →