South Florida 100: Saying goodbye to Alcee Hastings
Charlotte Mather-Taylor, executive director, Area Agency on Aging of Broward County
Last week, I read in dismay the article regarding two South Florida seniors victimized by scammers targeting seniors. The elderly are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation due to risk factors associated with aging, such as social isolation and mental and physical impairments. According to the Department of Justice, approximately 1 in 10 seniors are abused each year in the United States. If you suspect an elder is being taken advantage of and want to learn about the sign of elder abuse, please check out the Area Agency on Aging website, adrcbroward.org/report-elder-abuse. To Report Elder Abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
Florida was recently identified as one of five states with an increase in COVID-19 infections. According to CDC data, less than 20% of all Broward residents have been vaccinated, and the number of cases has increased slightly. Following COVID-19 safety guidelines such as wearing a mask, safe distancing and getting vaccinated is essential in protecting yourself and others. For seniors, it is critical as individuals over the age of 65 represent more than 80% of all COVID-related deaths. If you have not yet received your vaccine and would like assistance, please call the Area Agency on Aging at 954-745-9567.