This Tuesday, Hidalgo County Commissioners Court has passed a proclamation to bring awareness to the issue of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly.
Pharr Police said the department investigates 10 to 15 cases of elderly abuse throughout the year.
Another common form of abuse for many elderly residents is exploitation.
“Using someone’s assets like money or identity for your own gain without the consent of the individual,” Gustavo Salinas from Adult Protective Services said.
Salinas says these situations often go unreported due to fear that people may be overstepping their boundaries.
If you suspect abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the elderly or disabled, you can call 1-800-252-5400, or log on towww.txabusehotline.org to report it.