The graying of America is a long-established trend that has given rise to something more sinister and repugnant -- an increase in abuse of the elderly.
A bill pending in the Colorado legislature would require county workers who come in contact with this vulnerable population to have criminal background checks. It would also establish a task force to study reporting of mistreatment and service provision for older residents.
It's a good measure designed to protect the aging, but we think it could be better.
The measure falls short of requiring something the state has needed for quite some time -- mandatory reporting of suspected elder abuse.
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Denver Post: Speaking Up for Abused Seniors