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Louisiana elder law: What’s working and what changes are needed

Seniors are among the most vulnerable individuals in society. Elder law aims to protect these older Louisiana residents. There are things that have been working, but there are other areas that still need work. The abuse and neglect of older people is unacceptable and unwarranted. A United Nations International Plan of Action agrees that elder abuse is both a human rights and a public health issue.

Statistics indicate that a staggering one in 10 older adults in the United States has been a victim of elder abuse. Vulnerable seniors lose more than $2 billion every year at the hands of financial abusers. An FBI report states that nearly 50,000 people 60 years of age or older were bilked out of more that $342 million last year due to internet scams and fraud. The federal government is aiming to have elder abuse put under the law and order umbrella and has implemented new initiatives to combat these abuses through the Department of Justice.

The new Senior Safe Act paves the way for employees of financial institutions and the institutions themselves to report suspected financial abuse of seniors to a government agency. Also, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act has established a number of measures designed to prevent elder abuse. But the government is asking all citizens to report suspected cases of abuse of elders.

A Louisiana attorney experienced in elder law can offer guidance to seniors who believe they have suffered abuse. Family members also have the right to discuss the issues regarding the abuse of their loved ones. The exploitation of a senior is a complicated issue that might mean that a senior was deceived, neglected or physically abused. A lawyer may be able to not only offer legal guidance but to seek accountability on the part of the abuser and arrange for protection for the senior.


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