Forum Set to Discuss Alabama Elder Abuse

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- A workshop in Calhoun County is aimed at addressing the rising number of elder abuse cases in parts of eastern Alabama.

Reports say the number of substantiated elder abuse and neglect cases in Calhoun County has risen by 123 percent between 2007 and 2012. The newspaper reports 107 cases were substantiated last year.

The East Alabama Commission is hosting a free workshop Thursday at Parker Memorial Baptist Church where experts are expected to discuss the issues impacting the area's aging population.

Jacksonville State University sociology and social work professor Maureen Newton says many elderly people become isolated from friends and family members, which can leave them vulnerable to those who are looking to take advantage of them.

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