SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco has launched a campaign to safeguard seniors during the month of May, which has been designated “Elder Abuse Awareness Month.” The District Attorney said the city receives more than 400 reports of elder abuse each month, the most common type deals with finance.

“Sometimes your bills may not be paid. Sometimes that money you saved might not be there anymore. Sometimes some bank transfers have occurred without your knowledge,” said Steve Nakajo of the Kimochi Senior Center in Japantown. Other times Kimochi said many people are too embarrassed to report it.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

District Attorney George Gascon said it’s the entire community’s problem.

“We have a shared responsibility to report these crimes and to make sure people are getting help,” he said.

14 percent of San Franciscans are currently age 65 and that number will double by 2020.

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