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AG Nessel's Elder Abuse Task Force Releases Newsletter and Third Initiatives

LANSING - The Elder Abuse Task Force (EATF) released its Set of Third Initiatives and the eighth edition of the EATF newsletter highlighting the important work of the Taskforce to protect older adults.

Since the last newsletter issued in May, the group has made considerable progress accomplishing the Task Force's Set of Third Initiatives.

Educational opportunities offered through the Task Force and part of the Third Initiatives were featured during the May 2022 Elder Abuse Task Force Symposium and the June 2022 Elder Abuse Task Force Symposium. The live events were attended by hundreds and even drew international participation.

The presentations featured during the symposium include:

"In addition to the progress made on policy changes to protect older adults, the Elder Abuse Task Force is also focused on education—a key component to our ultimate objective of reducing abuse and exploitation,” said Nessel. “I’m proud of the continued work and ongoing commitment of the Elder Abuse Task Force members and know their steadfast focus will lead to even more protections for older Michiganders.”

Groups interested in hosting an educational presentation featured in the third set of Initiatives are asked to email with the following information

  • subject line that states the presentation being requested (e.g., "Elder Abuse Awareness and Scam Prevention”); 
  • a brief description of the professional background of potential attendees; 
  • the number of people likely to attend; 
  • potential dates and times that will work well for the group (flexibility is encouraged); and 
  • the format of the presentation (virtual presentations are recommended). 

If the group is below 50 attendees, the Department of Attorney General asks, to preserve time and resources, that the interested group allow, upon request, another group to join their event.

The latest newsletter also provides an update on a bipartisan package of bills recently voted out of the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation would implement fundamental reforms impacting guardians and conservators--individuals appointed by probate courts to act in the best interests of vulnerable individuals.

Michigan's Elder Abuse 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.

More information is available on the Task Force's webpage. Those interested in updates are welcome to subscribe to receive the newsletter.

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