13 February 2014

Financial fraud prevalent, 'insidious' form of mistreatment

Senate bills strike a blow against elder abuse

The central objective among supporters of the legislation is to expand the state's legal right to answer alleged financial mistreatment among people older than 60.

“It’s an insidious form of abuse, one that our members see every day,” said Rachel Monger, director of government affairs at LeadingAge Kansas. “If we don’t act now, we feel like this problem will just keep getting worse.”

Representatives of Kansas Catholic Care, AARP of Kansas and the Kansas Alzheimer’s Association provided examples of financial mistreatment of the elderly. Their testimony revealed abuse was commonly perpetrated by members of a family on elderly relatives.

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