LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter J. Lucido will serve as one of four members of the state Legislature on a newly formed Elder Abuse Task Force.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh on Monday to announce the task force.
“Elder abuse is often underreported or unrecognized, yet it is estimated that over 73,000 Michigan seniors each year are victims of neglect or physical, emotional or financial abuse,” said Lucido, chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. “I am proud to be part of this task force to ensure we protect our most vulnerable citizens. We will send a clear and unified message that in Michigan our elders are highly valued and will receive the protection they have earned and that they deserve.”
The task force will include representatives from over 30 different organizations from law enforcement and advocacy groups to state agencies, the Legislature, Congress and the governor’s office.
Joining Lucido from the Legislature on the task force are House Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; Sen. Paul Wojno, D-Warren; and Rep. Brian Elder, D-Bay City. Justices Bernstein and Cavanagh will represent the Supreme Court on the task force and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist will represent the governor’s office.
“We need to strengthen Michigan laws designed to protect elder victims from exploitation and toughen our laws against the predators who commit these terrible acts,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Michigan needs to lead the country in protecting our elder citizens from those who bankrupt, abuse or neglect them. By joining forces with the attorney general, the Supreme Court and the governor’s office, we can change the conversation across the country with new reforms here in Michigan.”
Residents can report any signs or concerns about elder abuse to the attorney general’s office, which has established an elder abuse hotline for anonymous tips: 800-24-ABUSE (800-242-2873) or online at www.mi.gov/elderabuse.