Elder Abuse and Financial Elder Abuse Laws Proposed in Congress

Looks like Congress may finally be getting serious about passing stronger laws to protect seniors from elder abuse and financial elder abuse and fraud. Three bills are winding through the legislative process. The first is the PASS Act, more formerly known as Preventing Affinity Scams for Seniors Act of 2011:

It would require financial institutions to offer services — such as special protective bank accounts and employee training — to older customers and to report suspected affinity scams.

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Two other bills — known as the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2011 and the End Abuse in Later Life Act of 2011 — call for funding of an Office of Elder Justice and enhanced training and services to prevent violence and elder abuse against older women.