Senate to announce elder abuse legislation

WHO:             State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; and Senate colleagues.

WHAT:           A press conference to unveil legislation addressing the growing threat of elder abuse in Michigan.

WHEN:          Tomorrow, June 15
9:15 a.m.

WHERE:        Speaker’s Library
                        Second floor
                        Michigan Capitol

BRIEFING:   Schuitmaker, Jones and a bipartisan group of senators will introduce reforms Wednesday to help increase the reporting of elder abuse in Michigan and strengthen penalties for those convicted of abuse.

Elder abuse is serious and often goes unrecognized. Nearly 80,000 Michigan residents are victims of abuse.

The proposals are being unveiled in conjunction with the observance of Older Michiganians Day.