Elder Law of Michigan's Ron Tatro, Director of Elder Abuse Prevention Services, was involved in a press conference introducing new legislation that will help improve the reporting of elder abuse and increase penalties of those convicted of elder abuse.
To view the press release click here.
Video of the press conference is available here.
The Elder Abuse Prevention division of Elder Law of Michigan is fighting elder abuse and financial exploitation in Michigan by offering training on elder abuse and financial exploitation for law enforcement, court personnel, Adult Protective Services (APS), human services programs and advocates. Presently focused on Wayne and Oakland counties, our nationally certified elder abuse training team engages the criminal justice system and human services networks to respond to suspected cases of elder abuse and financial exploitation. We are building the communities' capacity to effectively investigate and prosecute these crimes while enhancing services and supports for victims.
Elder Abuse and Financial exploitation are serious crimes that rob people of the money, property, safety and freedom to live with dignity. In 2006, the Governor's Task Force on Elder Abuse quantified in its Report that "each year, an estimated 80,000 Michigan citizens aged 60 and older are the victims of financial fraud and physical abuse."
- More so than any other age group, older adults appear to be the favorite target of unscrupulous financial planners, identity thieves and other scam artists. Though adults 60 and older comprise 15% of the population, they account for nearly 30% of fraud victims.
- Consumer fraud robs people of $50 billion per year
- According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.
- If you know 10 adults age 65 or older, one of them could be experiencing some form of elder abuse or financial exploitation.
- Video Advocacy Project
- Consumer Fraud Prevention Project
- Flint Op-Ed: County is a leader in fighting elder abuse, but individuals can play roll
- Preventing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation by Training for Law Enforcement, Court Personnel, Prosecutors, Judges and Adult Protective Services
- Watch "A Wider World-Elder Abuse", as aired on PBS
- Frequently Asked Questions on Elder Abuse
- TV's "Lost" Star, William Mapother, speaks out on elder abuse and financial exploitation
- Signs of elder abuse or financial exploitation
- Broker Check
- Fraud, Forgery, and ATM Card Activity
- What to do if you are a Victim of ID Theft