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MPBN Special Focuses on “Hidden Epidemic” of Elder Abuse in Maine

Experts estimate that there are 12,000 victims of elder abuse in Maine each year – but the vast majority of cases are never investigated.  

“It's just starting to become apparent to us what is happening,” says former Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe. “We're seeing that this is really an epidemic.”

MPBN’s Jennifer Rooks sheds light on the hidden epidemic of elder abuse with a special 30-minute program. The following day, Friday October 23rd at 1:00 pm, a special edition of the radio call-in program On the Line deals with the same topic.

Broken Trust highlights the compelling stories of Westbrook resident Dot Jarmin, Al Wagner - formerly of Cape Elizabeth and Brunswick - and Portland’s Olivia Spallholz, all victims of elder abuse or financial exploitation. The program explores some of the innovative work being done by police officers in Maine to combat elder abuse.

For the Friday edition of On the Line, MPBN radio listeners will have the chance to speak with Ricker Hamilton of Maine’s Department of Adult Protective Services. 

Broken Trust is made possible by the generous support of the Eunice Frye Home Foundation and by MPBN members.

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