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South Carolina ranks last when it comes to elder abuse protections

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) - According to a new report, South Carolina ranks last in the U.S. when it comes to elder abuse protections.

In just over a decade, one-in-five Americans will be over retirement age, and nearly five-percent of the population will move to a nursing home at some point.

One state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would make it more difficult for abusers to go from one nursing home to the next.

Senior advocates say they are on board.

"I personally believe that we've got to invest in well-care and wellness programs, and helping people be more educated about their own care so that they can be more involved in planning for themselves,” said Andrea Smith, executive director with Senior Action.

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