The Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) is made up of one-hundred-and five seniors through-out Alabama. SHL is an organization that advocates for laws to protect vulnerable elderly residents. One of their founders, Hazel Kine, recently addressed to Alabama legislature on the epidemic of sexual abuse in nursing homes.
They are asking the Alabama legislature to pass a bill that guarantees that residents of nursing homes and other care facilities receive notification when anyone with a sexual abuse history is admitted. The group is also asking the state to require more staff between the hours of 10PM and 6AM to protect the residents and prevent neglect and abuse.
Carol Oden, Silver Haired member says, "It’s frightening, it’s frightening, I would hate to know that I was next door, and not know that that person can come in and do things to me and me unable to get help."