Attorney General Brad Schimel hosted the first meeting of his newly created Elder Abuse Task Force. David Gorr, Johnson Financial Group, represented WBA and the banking industry during the meeting as the discussion explored how public servants interact with adult victims of abuse as well as how these groups can work more cohesively to protect these victims.

Schimel said the task force is about creating a coordinated plan to mitigate elder abuse before Wisconsin’s senior population gets too large.

The task force consists of health care, law enforcement and banking representatives including the Wisconsin Department of Justice, 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, Wisconsin Bankers Association, crime victim services, adult protective services, senior living facilities, and senior citizen advocacy organizations.

The group meets quarterly, with issue-focused working groups that will meet on a monthly basis.

For more information about elder abuse, visit the National Adult Protective Services Association, National Center of Elder Abuse, State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care or Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers.