The El Dorado County Sheriff's office has added an investigator to focus on elder abuse.
Reports of elder abuse have increased nine percent since 2011 in the county. The county's population of residents over the age of 65 is 31.6 percent greater than the state's average.
Physical abuse takes in not only assaults, but inappropriate use of drugs, restraints and confinement. Financial exploitation involves the taking of an older person's money, either by a caregiver or a scam artist.
The newly appointed elder abuse investigator in the detective bureau will closely work with the District Attorney's Office and the county's Adult Protective Service. The new position is funded through cost-cutting and other fiscal management.
To report elder abuse in El Dorado County call the sheriff's office at (530) 621-6600 or Adult Protective Services at (530) 642-4800.