Joanne Woodruff from San Antonio, Texas, urging Congress to Pass the Elder Justice Act

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This testimony was shared by Joanne Woodruff from San Antonio, Texas, as a part of the Elder Justice Now Campaign - a national campaign to break the silence on elder abuse and pass the Elder Justice Act.

Joanne shares with us a story of financial elder abuse. She tells about one case involving a supposed friend of an elder gentleman. This ‘friend’ deceitfully gained the rights to access the gentleman’s bank accounts, took the victim’s money and refused his sister the opportunity to see him on his deathbed.

Senior fraud is all too common to Asst. District Attorney Joanne Woodruff.
She states that in Bexar County District alone, there are 150 active cases of elder abuses. Says Joanne, “It is very surprising and very sad that nothing has passed through Congress as far as elders are concerned”.

Joanne shares her story because elder abuse is a silent crisis that affects every community in the U.S.: each year an estimated 5 million of America’s older adults are beaten, ignored or financially exploited. Yet as a country, we remain silent about this growing crisis.

To begin to address this problem, Congress has an immediate opportunity to pass federal legislation that will provide a foundation from which we can begin to protect our country’s elders — the Elder Justice Act. But we cannot do this without your help. Please help us break the silence by adding your voice to the national campaign and urge Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act now!

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