This week, I want to ask you all to take a little bit of time out of your schedules to think about an important issue: elder abuse. Though it may not always make the headlines, elder abuse is a real problem. Caretakers, neighbors, and sometimes even family members can treat Illinois seniors badly; physically, mentally, financially, and sexually abusing them.
A new law I sponsored should help protect Illinois’ seniors from elder abuse and neglect. Signed just last week, House Bill 5098 will require police officers to receive training on how to recognize the signs of elder abuse. Though the police have been required to report elder abuse for years, there has never been a training requirement before.