Elder Justice: What Congress is Doing to Protect Seniors Right Now

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Over the past decade, the rise in senior scams and various methods of elder abuse have positioned seniors among some of society’s most vulnerable groups of people.

As seniors continue to be targets every year, the demand for elder justice has gained national attention and pressured Congress for action and protection. Take a look below and learn more about elder justice and what Congress is currently doing to put it into action and keep seniors safe.

What is Elder Justice?

Elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and mistreatment of seniors. Elder justice is the holistic approach to prevent and handle cases of each of these items. After a greater demand for elder justice, one of Congress’ responses was to establish the Elder Justice Coalition. The coalition works to create more public awareness, build support for the Elder Justice Act, and influence legislation regarding elder justice.

What’s Happening in Congress?

Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act – This act was recently introduced to the Senate, coupled with the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act. Through training programs, educational material, and data collection, these acts would take important steps to decrease scams against seniors.

Stop Senior Scams Act – While similar to the acts above, this bipartisan bill would prevent senior scams by establishing an advisory board tasked with providing education about elder financial exploitation to retail and financial employees. The bill is currently being considered by the House.

Senior Abuse Training and Offense Protection (STOP) Act – The STOP Act is pending in the house right now. It was introduced to establish a grant program, awarded by the Department of Justice, for activities and greater efforts to prevent, identify, and eliminate elder abuse and scams.

Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act – With an authorized $500 million to help states create “strike teams,” the HEROES Act is currently being considered by the House. The strike teams would assist nursing homes and help create incentives for the facilities to develop specialized COVID-19 units.

If you need more information on elder abuse and how you can best protect your senior, please reach out to our experts here at Home Care Assistance. We are ready to help you and your family.

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