Houstonian Norma Bradley shares her request for action to pass the Elder Justice Act.
Every year, an estimated five million older Americans are beaten, ignored or financially exploited, causing illness, suffering and premature death. Yet, elder abuse is not perceived as a national tragedy and collectively there is much silence around the issue.
WITNESS has partnered with the National Council on Aging -- a member of the Elder Justice Coalition -- and elder justice advocates across the country to help break the silence and pass the Elder Justice Act -- pending federal legislation that will help ensure that older Americans do not live in fear of being abused physically, psychologically or
financially. We need your help.
Protecting Older Americans
There is a triad of domestic violence in our country -- child abuse, violence against women and elder abuse. Congress passed legislation to protect children from abuse in 1974 and women from domestic violence in 1994, but it has yet to take the appropriate action to protect older
Americans. With 76 million aging boomers set to retire, this problem is only going to grow. The time to act is now and the starting point from which to begin exists. The Elder Justice Act -- which has been in the hands of Congress since 2002 -- will provide a foundation to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in and prosecute abuse of older Americans.
We can no longer deny our elders the diginity and security they deserve. It’s time to break the silence and speak out against elder abuse. Please join the campaign and urge Congress to
pass the Elder Justice Act now!