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a tremendous help, because they have already seen some of the people working there mistreating the elders.” 11/1/13 12:08 PM The organization also helped pass the Silver Alert Bill, which sends out quick alerts to find older persons with dementia that wander away. Because of the increased legislation protecting the rights of seniors in such facilities, not only in Oklahoma but across the country, much of the power has been given back to seniors who often cannot speak for themselves. For example, nursing homes have been changing over the last several years to try and be more 9/23/13 4:35 PM home-like and less rigid in their schedule of meals and facilities. Also, seniors are given more rights to sleep in or stay up late if they want to. This recent movement is known as person-centered care.

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