From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist
Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview), testifying before the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Tuesday in Neenah, said that he plans to introduce new legislation aimed at curbing elder abuse in Wisconsin.
“I am proposing a bill I am calling Doris’s Law,” Rep. Macco said. “This law will establish fiduciary responsibility, mandate continuing education and adopt Activities of Daily Living protocol as a benchmark. I am proposing Wisconsin adopt Doris’s Law to raise the standard of elder advocacy and apply the three safeguards to Wisconsin social services, attorneys engaged in wills, trust, estate and elder care law as well as the Wisconsin judiciary.”
According to Rep. Macco, older Americans hold 70 percent of the nation’s wealth as compared to the general population. And although anyone can be a victim of embezzlement and fraud, Rep. Macco said seniors are particularly vulnerable, especially as they experience declining cognitive or physical abilities and find themselves more reliant on specific individuals for their physical wellbeing, financial management and social interaction.
We will share a copy of Macco’s bill draft with you after it becomes available.