Saturday, May 19, 2007

San Fransciscans Are Saying Enough !

San Francisco - About 100 Seniors gathered on May 15 for a midmorning rally on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall to declare that "Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Will Not Be Tolerated in San Francisco!"

The Seniors carried placard signs in Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, and English. The rally, organized by the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, is the sixth rally held in San Francisco to publicize the issue and problem of elder and dependent adult abuse.

San Francisco's District Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco's Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi were among City officials attending the rally.

Mary Twomey, a social worker at the Institute on Aging who works on preventing elder and dependent adult abuse, stated that San Francisco's Adult Protective Services has experienced a 40% rise in reports of abuse in the past 18 months.

Confidential reporting of elder and disabled adult abuse can be made by calling: 415-557-5230 (San Francisco Adult Protective Services), or Toll Free at 1-800-814-0009

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