The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee has approved state Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to protect Michigan’s senior population from abuse.
Filler, of DeWitt, said at least 73,000 older adults in Michigan have experienced some form of abuse, but suspects the number is actually much higher due to underreporting of instances.
The representative became familiar with the issue through his work as an assistant attorney general and continues addressing the problem as a member of the State’s Elder Abuse Task Force.
Filler’s plan is part of an eight-bill package to add legal protections for adults age 65 and older and increase criminal penalties for individuals who financially or physically abuse elder adults.
“These additional protections and increased criminal penalties will ensure people think twice before targeting or taking advantage of our seniors,” Filler said. “I appreciate the members of the committee who see the magnitude of this issue and the need for these legislative changes.”
The plan now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
Filler is continuing his commitment to supporting the elder Michigan residents by hosting an informational event for seniors Sept. 30 at noon at Clinton Commons in St. Johns. The event will provide information regarding senior legal rights, wills and trusts and community resources available to seniors.
For questions regarding the event, or for more information about the elder abuse prevention bill package, residents may call or email Filler’s office at (517) 373-1778 or GrahamFiller@House.MI.gov.