It is with great pleasure that advocates for the nation’s elderly celebrate the passage of the Elder Justice Act today. It has been a long time coming.
While it will not stop elder abuse, it will help to educate and prevent much abuse and fund those who provide the help and protect our elders. Let’s thank legislators who voted for health reform for their efforts on behalf of the nation’s elders.
But it doesn’t stop. In order for the legislation to count, there needs to be a renewed effort to fund programs such as adult protective services. Many states have cut programs drastically.
The Elder Justice Now campaign showed how important the work of those advocates is in the lives of elders and their families.
So, get involved and take action through the Elder Justice Now site and stay informed about this important issue through subscribing to updates from the Administration on Aging’s Center for Elder Abuse.
And, write your Democratic Senators and House members today. Thank them and also urge them to not forget to fund the Elder Justice Act so the legislation isn’t just some words on paper. Our elders are counting on us.