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Elder Abuse Task Force
Elder Abuse Task Force
The Task Force launched in 2019 and consists of more than 55 different organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors - all working together to combat elder abuse.
The more than 100 individuals on the Task Force are divided into seven committees working diligently to accomplish nine initiatives. Achievements include the adoption of a Vulnerable Adult Incident Report form for investigations by law enforcement across the state, including the implementation of related trainings.
In addition to the vulnerable adult incident report and associated trainings, the Financial Exploitation Prevention Act was passed that ensures mandated reporting for financial institutions on suspected fraud or exploitation. Additionally, legislation has been introduced to address the remainder of the First Revised initiatives and the Task Force is eager to work with its legislative partners this year to put in place increased protections for Michigan's most vulnerable.
The Elder Abuse Task Force is a dynamic group of difference makers who are laser focused on improving the lives of older adults.
Mi-VAT and E-MDT Protocols
Michigan Vulnerable Adult Teams (MI-VAT)
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation
- Dehydration or unusual weight loss
- Missing medication or medical assistive devices
- Unexplained injuries or sores
- Unsanitary living conditions or poor hygiene
- Unattended medical needs or missed appointments
- Unusual changes in behavior or sleep patterns
- Withdrawal from normal activities
- Isolation from friends or family
- Increased anxiety or fear
- Hesitance to speak in presence of "caregiver"
- Unpaid bills (elder adult receives foreclosure warnings, electricity is shut off)
- Unusual changes in spending patterns (increases in ATM withdrawals, checks made out to cash, or written out of order)
- Missing household items (cherished heirlooms, expensive tools, or other valuable items)
- Unexpected changes in wills or property deeds (property deeded/will changed to benefit "new friend")
- Purchase of large items the elder adult does not use (vehicles when the adult does not drive, timeshare purchases when adult is homebound)