Thursday, February 9, 2012

Editorial Lambasts Washington for Ignoring Elder Abuse

An editorial in this week’s Huffington Post from the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, offered a general summary of the sad state of affairs when it comes to elder abuse identification and prevention. Despite the encouraging signs that more focus is slowly being directed at the plight of so many vulnerable seniors, the fact remains that elders suffer every day without anyone doing anything about it. Certain aspects of the problem have reached epidemic proportions. For example, during the holiday season it is estimated that one in ten seniors fell victim to some form of elder financial abuse. Collectively, this amounts to a loss of more than $3 billion each and every year. In some of the most extreme cases, seniors lose savings that they had built up over a lifetime.

Last year Congress held hearings on the plight of many of these seniors, highlighting the scope of the problem and its various forms. In the past the body has actually worked to enact legislation to tackle the problem—the Elder Justice Act. However, as the editorial points out, for the second year in a row Congress passed a spending bill while failing to fun this piece of legislation—the only federal elder abuse prevention act on the books. The President had asked Congress to authorize $21.5 million in startup funds to get the prevention project off the ground. However, Congress ignored this request and so the measure will remain stalled yet again.

It remains disappointing that so little is being done on a federal level to actually prevent this abuse before it occurs so that victims are spared. Instead, elder abuse lawyers are forced to spearhead the accountability project by seeking to hold wrongdoers accountable after the fact. Ideally steps would be enacted to help stop the problems from arising in the first place.

Full Article and Source:
Editorial Lambasts Washington for Ignoring Elder Abuse

6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

People need to look at who is pushing the bills in the senate and in the house. Who is lobbing our politicians not to do the right thing! Greed, follow the money!

Betty said...

Yes, it is disappointing that nothings really happening good on a federal level. We won't give up until it happens!

Anonymous said...

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complaints of a "non-impaired" Elderly.

Anonymous said...

The editorial is right to lambaste Washinton for ignoring Elder Abuse. It is a proven fact, our government representatives, whether state, local or fderal, do almost anything to put their name on a popular project, without so much as a further thought or action. Maybe they even appear at town hall meetings, but that is as far as it goes. Ask me - about Oregon..and a Senator's endorsement on the Elder Abuse Act. eb