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EDITOR, Daily News:
Will you help us look out for our vulnerable neighbors?
Winter will be here soon. The season can be difficult for adults who are vulnerable for some reason, such as a disability, health condition or old age. More than 5,600 vulnerable Alaskan adults were at risk for abuse or were victims of self-neglect, neglect, or physical, emotional, and financial abuse last year.
If you know an adult who is unable to care for himself or herself properly, or might be being harmed or exploited, please contact Adult Protective Services.
We work to protect the independence and physical, financial and emotional well-being of adults 18 and older.
Our services are voluntary. Alaska law protects the right of mentally competent adults to choose liberty over safety, and we’ll honor their decision while offering support.
So don’t hesitate to "SPEAK UP" for at-risk adults if you see any of these warning signs:
• Sudden change in behavior, finances or lifestyle;
• Physical injures, dehydration or malnourishment;
• Extreme withdrawal, depression or anxiety;
• Absence of basic care or necessities;
• Kept away from others;
• Unsanitary living conditions, and
• Personal items or money missing.
You don’t have to be certain that a situation is abusive or neglectful.
We will look into it.
Your report is confidential, and can make all the difference in someone’s world.