Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced the creation of a Task Force of Elder Abuse. Johnson Financial Group’s David Gorr will be representing the financial industry on the task force. WBA has been assisting with the effort of creating this task force and will continue to provide support.
During his speech at the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference, Schimel explained the task force is charged with compiling the resources and knowledge of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to study the impact of elder abuse in Wisconsin and assess ways to improve outcomes for this growing population of citizens.
In addition to developing strategies to address barriers in investigation and prosecutions of elder abuse, the task force will strengthen consumer protection for seniors and create recommendations for improved cross-system communications.
The task force will meet quarterly, with issue-focused working groups that will meet on a monthly basis. Their first meeting will take place in October 2017.
The task force is made up of representatives from Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin Bankers Association, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, the Wisconsin State Legislature, law enforcement, Wisconsin Court System, Board on Aging and Long Term Care, crime victim services, adult protective services, senior living facilities, and senior citizen advocacy organizations.
Additional Elder Abuse Facts and Statistics
- By 2040, 18 counties in Wisconsin are projected to have at least 33% of their total population made up of individuals ages 65 and older. Three of these counties are estimated to reach 40%.
- Elder abuse is vastly underreported; only one in 44 cases of financial abuse is ever reported.
- Abused seniors are three times more likely to die than those who had not been abused and elder abuse victims are four times more likely to go into a nursing home.
- Almost one in ten financial abuse victims will turn to Medicaid as a direct result of their own monies being stolen from them.
- Financial abuse by itself costs older Americans more than $2.6 billion dollars annually.
- The direct medical costs of injuries are estimated to contribute more than $5.3 billion to the nation’s annual health expenditures.