(Des Moines) Iowa AARP today is pushing for passage of stronger safeguards against financial abuse of older Iowans. State President Tony Vola claims elderly Iowans are the least likely to report such embezzlement or misuse of power of attorney, especially if it’s a family member who’s committing it.
“So they are more prone to just sitting back and letting it happen because they are afraid to say anything,” said Vola.
And, Vola’s calling for the strongest possible language in a bill that would help prevent such elderly financial exploitation.
“I have gone in the past; reported to police, they have told me ‘I’m sorry, there is nothing we can do about it’,” said Vola.
Vola claims elder abuse of Iowans is an increasingly common crime in Iowa, even though, as he says, it may be drastically under reported.
Iowa Radio Network