Deasy: Bill would protect seniors from exploitation through powers of attorney

Older U.S. citizens lose $2.6 billion annually from financial abuse

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today said he has introduced legislation that would authorize local area agencies on aging to investigate those holding powers of attorney when there is reason to believe that an older Pennsylvanian is being exploited.

“Too many older Pennsylvanians are being swindled by the very people who are charged with protecting them,” Deasy said. “House Bill 1210 would give area agencies on aging the tools they need to expose cases of abuse.”

Deasy said the bill would broaden the definition of "exploitation" under the Older Adults Protective Services Act to include an individual acting under a power of attorney.

“This week, we mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and confront the sad fact that seniors throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually from elder financial abuse and exploitation,” Deasy said. “Only about one in every five such cases ever come to light, and my legislation would help stop such abuse.”

House Bill 1210 awaits consideration before the House Aging and Adult Services Committee.