Efforts intensify in Michigan to protect elderly, vulnerable adults

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith

Elder and vulnerable adult abuse in recent years was like child abuse in the 1960s, says Macomb County elder advocate Marty Prehn.

It wasn’t talked about. It was kept in the family.
But that is changing, as elder advocates in Michigan have instituted a slew of laws and initiated programs to create awareness and protect elderly and vulnerable adults, over the past year.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Rhonda Powell, former director of the Macomb County Senior Citizen Services Department and now deputy director of the state Office of Services on Aging. “There hasn’t been this big of a movement to protect elders in a long time. Unfortunately we’ve arrived at a point in time where these safeguards are needed.”

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Efforts intensify in Michigan to protect elderly, vulnerable adults


4 Responses to “Efforts intensify in Michigan to protect elderly, vulnerable adults”

  1. Thelma Says:

    Well, that is good news!

  2. Luis Says:

    What about the other states?

  3. Finny Says:

    Michigan is certainly trying and that's something!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Michigan seems to have wrapped it up by revising nearly a dozen statutes and and creating a few new ones. In theory, nobody is immune from prosecution and conviction for abusing, neglecting or exploiting a vulnerable adult. County prosecutors will have to grow into their new shoes.

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