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Elder abuse awareness events planned

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Local officials are trying to raise awareness on a growing problem -- elder abuse.

Nationwide, close to six million cases involving elder abuse is reported annually.  Nursing home incidents and financial theft are just a few examples.

Officials in Saint Joseph County are setting up events this week to help educate the public.

"Sometimes our seniors, because of the generation in which they grew up, the older seniors are afraid to speak up, so I think we have to be able to become very vigilant advocates for our seniors," says Mary Jo Campbell of the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Free senior safety screenings will be offered at the Family Justice Center later this week.

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