Tester supports bill to combat abuse of Montana seniors

Senator calls attention to growing problem on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

(U.S. SENATE) – With one in every four Montana seniors suffering from abuse, Senator Jon Tester is making sure that Montanans have the tools they need to protect the state’s senior population.

Tester is pushing the Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act.  The bill would require state and local senior service organizations that work with seniors and their families to look for signs of abuse and make it easier to report abuses.

Elder abuse can range from physical or sexual assault to financial scams.  Cases often go unreported because victims fear reprisal or being institutionalized.

“In Montana, we have an obligation to care for those who once cared for us,” Tester said.  “This bill will empower seniors and give local care providers and law enforcement the flexibility they need to strengthen protections for our seniors.”

Tester’s bill is supported by Montana’s 10 Area Agencies on Aging, local organizations that provide medical and housing support to elderly Montanans.

Tester’s Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act is available online HERE.