New law aims to protect against elder abuse


A new law has been passed requiring state agencies to develop guidelines to protect against elder abuse. 

The law requires New York State Office for the Aging, the Department of Health, and the Office of Children and Family Services to develop guidelines to help healthcare providers and others in healthcare settings to identify cases of suspected abuse, self-neglect, and maltreatment of individuals age 60 and older. 

The guidelines will include common signs and symptoms, screening tools and questions to ask for detection, training materials to distribute to health care providers and others in healthcare settings, information for reporting suspected cases, and resources available for older adult victims.

The law, which takes effect immediately, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last week. 

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