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

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Throughout the past decade, the need for elder justice has continued to grow. Seniors are unfortunately among the most vulnerable in our society and are continuously targeted by scams and various methods of elder abuse. These events have been gaining national attention and demanding legal action and protection from Congress. Below, we’re taking a look at what Congress is currently doing to make elder justice happen.

What is Elder Justice?

Essentially, elder justice is both the prevention of and handling of cases of elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and maltreatment of older adults. The need for elder justice is in greater demand as more seniors continue to be targets of scams and abuse. In response to the demand, the Elder Justice Coalition was created in order to build more public awareness and support for the Elder Justice Act, while influencing further legislation regarding elder justice.

What’s Happening in Congress?

Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act – By means of data collection, training programs, and educational material, this act would take crucial steps to decrease scams against seniors, alongside the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act. Botha acts were introduced to the Senate recently.

Stop Senior Scams Act – Differing from the above, this act more specifically seeks to prevent senior scams through an advisory board. The board will be tasked with providing retail and financial employees with education about elder financial exploitation. The bipartisan bill was passed in the Senate and is currently up for consideration by the House.

Senior Abuse Training and Offense Protection (STOP) Act – The STOP Act would establish a grant program awarded by the Department of Justice. The program would promote efforts and activities to prevent, identify, and eliminate elder abuse. The act is pending in the House.

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

For further information on elder justice and how you can keep your senior safe, please feel free to reach out to our experts here at Home Care Assistance.

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