World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2015.
While an estimated $2.6 billion a year is lost to financial exploitation, slow progress is being made to protect elders. Reports in October 2014 by Massachusetts Special Commission on Elder Protective Services (EPS) and in March 2015 by the Maine Attorney General’s Task Force on Financial Exploitation of Elderly reveal huge gaps in training and protections. Current Georgia legislation, House Bill 72, would make collusion and racketeering to exploit elders a felony.
While each state struggles to address the elder abuse problem, financial exploitation crosses state lines and cries for national solutions. Contact your state and federal legislators.