King County Council raises awareness of elder abuse

June 15, 2010

NEW — 9:05 a.m. June 15, 2010

King County Council members highlighted the importance of safeguarding senior citizens by proclaiming Tuesday as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The proclamation encourages residents to create a safe community for elderly residents. The ceremonial measure also recognizes the public and private agencies working together to combat elder abuse, including the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network. The council issued the proclamation Monday.

“Sadly, many cases of elder abuse involve family members,” Councilmember Kathy Lambert, a past member of the county Domestic Violence Council, and the Issaquah representative on the council, said in a news release. “Many older women who are victimized by partners do not see themselves as abused, but many feel ashamed, embarrassed, depressed and afraid to confide in friends and family. Financial security issues also prevent older women from reporting abuse.”

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Elderly man kidnapped, tricked into marriage

December 15, 2008

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man. 

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by King County Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old. Read more

Bellevue women schemed to steal money from elderly city man, police say

December 12, 2008

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 12, 2008

Issaquah police have arrested two Bellevue women in a scheme to steal money from an elderly Issaquah man.

The arrests took place Dec. 11 in Bellevue, according to Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum. He said the women, ages 29 and 56, were reported to the police by Adult Protective Services after they tried to take advantage of the vulnerable 78-year-old. Read more