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Faith Communities

More than any other demographic group, the elderly are actively involved in or contacted regularly by religious congregations. Clergy and others from one’s faith community are among the few, and in many cases, the only people who visit an elderly person’s home or care facility. As a member of a faith community, be you lay or clergy, you may be in a unique position to observe signs of abuse and neglect by family, paid caregivers, or facility staff. Protecting the elderly from further loss or pain is a mitzvah, a good deed, a spiritual duty. In addition, reporting elder abuse is an ethical, as well, in many states, a legal responsibility.

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