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AG Nessel Continues to Advocate for Seniors' Protection, Scam Awareness

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel spent part of the week presenting on consumer protection measures for the state's senior population as the Elder Abuse Task Force (EATF) launches its latest resource focused on the rights of residents living in nursing homes. 

The video, Resident Rights in Nursing Homes, is now available on the Department's YouTube page. 

Its purpose is to make the public aware of the general rights each nursing home resident has and must be afforded, as well as steps to take in the event a resident's rights have been violated. 

"This video is an invaluable resource for anyone with a loved one living in a nursing home," Nessel said. "I applaud EATF's ongoing work to raise awareness and advocate for our elderly population." 

Other EATF resources on YouTube include training modules on how to recognize, report, and prevent adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.  

More information on the task force's work can be found in its latest newsletter, which was released at the beginning of the year

Also this week, Nessel gave consumer protection presentations to senior groups in Rochester and Woodhaven. She focused on the primary ways bad actors target senior citizens to steal their personal information or money, including information on the following common scams: 

"Scams may vary in the details, but they usually contain the same ingredients," Nessel said. "If it's an urgent or secret request, contains a personal connection to you somehow or asks for money in an unusual payment type like a gift card, trust your gut and assume whoever is contacting you is trying to take advantage." 

The Department provides a library of resources for consumers to review anytime on a variety of topics.   

Your connection to consumer protection is just a click or phone call away. Consumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General's website, or if you have questions call 877-765-8388. 

More information on elder abuse prevention is available on EATF's webpage. Those interested in updates are welcome to subscribe to receive the newsletter.   

To view upcoming EATF events - including an overview of the Task Force's work during a live presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. March 23 hosted by the Tri-County Area Agency on Aging - visit this web page