Monday, March 19, 2007

Fight for elderly goes to Downing Street

Edward Mullenger is working with charity Action on Elder Abuse to highlight the financial exploitation of elderly people by relatives and people in positions of trust.

Mr Mullenger, who has worked in the care sector himself, delivered a two-thousand signature petition to 10 Downing Street to urge that new laws be brought in to protect vulnerable elderly people.

He said: "Together with Action on Elder Abuse, we would like to see the protection of elderly people brought up to the same level as that of child protection.

"There is an enormous amount of financial abuse going on and most of it is not reported."

"My aim is to make the public more aware of what goes on, and even educate elderly people themselves. I also want to educate the police and prosecution service as well."

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