Resident of Monterey, California, urging Congress to Pass the Elder Justice Act

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The youngest of five siblings and her mother’s caretaker after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She, experiencing times of financial trouble, began paying her own bills using her mother’s money. Ultimately, she was confronted by her sister and relinquished control of her mother’s account to a qualified financial manager. She has since made the transition from an abuser to an elder rights advocate.

Abuse by a family member is a common story. According to a study conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, families, friends, neighbors, and caregivers were involved as perpetrators of elder financial abuse 55% of the time.

This woman shares her story because there is a silent crisis that affects every community in America: Elder abuse. 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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