June 15, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel commended the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives for recognizing the importance of Elder Abuse.
On June 8, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 62 introduced by Senator Paul Wojno recognizing June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On June 2, the House adopted HR 120 - introduced by Representative Brenda Carter - which declared June 2021 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
"I want to thank both chambers for recognizing the importance of elder abuse awareness, an often unnoticed and unreported issue," Nessel said. "In order to properly protect our aging population, we must be able to recognize the signs of abuse. Our Elder Abuse Task Force has a number of resources available online to help identify physical and emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of seniors."
The Task Force launched in 2019 and consists of more than 55 different organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sections - all working together to combat elder abuse.
Last week, Nessel joined with a bipartisan group of state legislators from both chambers to announce legislation implementing fundamental reforms impacting guardians and conservators. These bills are the result of more than two years of work and, if passed by the legislature, would implement the remainder of the Task Force's Initiatives.
For more information on the Elder Abuse Task Force, visit the Task Force's webpage. To report elder abuse, call 855-444-3911.
If you or someone you know is being abused or neglected in a nursing facility, contact the Michigan Attorney General's Health Care Fraud Hotline at (800) 24-ABUSE (2-2873) or file a complaint online through the Michigan Attorney General Patient Abuse Complaint Form.