Department of Human Services and Oklahoma bankers join to fight abuse of elderly

Friday, November 11th 2005, 9:55 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State Department of Human Services officials say abuse of elderly residents, especially financial exploitation, is at an all-time high.

DHS is now working with the Oklahoma Bankers Association to produce a video to educate older Oklahomans about financial abuse. And DHS workers in Oklahoma and Canadian counties are forming a task force with police and prosecutors to look for better ways to stop the abuse.

Assistant Attorney General Charlie Price says family and friends should be looking out for the elderly by making frequent visits to nursing homes and getting to know the caretakers. He also says family and friends should check bank and credit card statements for the elderly to make sure money is going where it should and being used as intended.