Delegates of the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (NCSTHL) recently received information and statistics about elder abuse and awareness.

The North Carolina House of Representatives has restored $967,000 for the Home and Community Care Block Grant Funding. The Senate is completing its proposal, which does not include restoration of the $967,000 for the HCCBG.

With June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Caroline Farmer of the N.C. Department of Justice offered delegates of the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature ways for seniors to keep themselves safe online. All North Carolinians can freeze their credit reports on line by going to: http://www.ncdoj.gov and clicking on “Protect Yourself.”  This site has other information on scams and suggestions to protect you and your family. 

Nancy Warren of the NC Adult Protective Services explained that "self-neglect" is part of elder abuse.  Last year 25,000 reports were filed and more than half of those investigated, were cases of self-neglect. She informed the group about "Burt's Law,” Senate bill 445 NC Chapter 101A-506 which protects group home residents from sexual abuse, mental health or substance abuse issues, which became law in May 2015.  http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-eleases/20150526/governor-mccrory-signs-burts-law

The STHL 2014-15 legislative priorities are: 1) Preserve or Restore Optional Medicaid Services; 2) Maintain funding for senior centers; 3) Strengthen and fund North Carolina’s Adult Protective Services Program; 4) Notify Medicare Patients Admitted for Observation.; 5) Home and Community Care Block Grant Funding. A more detailed explanation of these priorities are available on the STHL website.

The STHL promotes citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the General Assembly and assesses the legislative needs of older adults by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.  Alamance County is represented on the Senior Tar Heel Legislature by a delegate, Foxie Harper, and an alternate, Ed Purdy, both who live in Mebane. 

Please feel free to contact your local delegate or your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). You can also visit the STHL website: www.ncsthl.org  as well as our Facebook page.

Written by NCSTHL delegate Victor Heinrich

Submitted by Foxie Harper

Mebane