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Local elderly warned they're targets for abuse

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - San Diego's District Attorney has a message for seniors in the Wilmington area: You're a target for abuse.

Paul Greenwood, one of the country's leading crusaders against elder abuse was the keynote speaker at a seminar for seniors at the New Hanover County Senior Center.

The event was put on by the Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network to educate seniors on ways to protect themselves from becoming a victim of emotional or physical abuse.

Greenwood says the most important lesson is being careful about who you trust. He also suggest children of seniors reversing their roles.

"The adult children need to have their guard up on behalf of their parents," Greenwood said. "It's sort of a reverse role. Our parents took care of us when we were very young. Now, I'm asking adult sons and daughters to be more vigilant but aware that parents are being taken advantage of every single day."

Greenwood told the seniors Friday night that if they believe they're a victim of abuse to not be embarrassed to report it.

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