During session, we successfully passed legislation that protects and supports individuals in the state who are in the twilight years of their life. Unfortunately, as the elderly population steadily rises, scam attempts against that community also increases. To help shield our older residents from being victimized, we passed PA 23-161, AN ACT CONCERNING FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS.
Starting July 1, 2024, banks and credit unions will have the power to temporarily suspend or hold transactions involving an account of an adult over the age of 60 if there is a reasonable suspicion of financial exploitation for up to 45 days.
Below are some of the highlights of Aging bills we passed this year:
Established a new coordinator of state services for people with dementia
Strengthened patient's involvement in their homemaker care plans and streamlined the process for filing complaints
Expanded eligibility for seniors to participate in adult day services (serving those with early onset dementia)
Increased funding for elderly nutrition and Meals on Wheels
Required homemaker companion companies to provide notice to their clients before they abruptly close and prohibited any increases in rates without at least 60-day notice
The elderly deserve to live comfortable and unburdened. The legislation that we passed will help make this possible.