Illinois Elder Abuse Task Force

  • Elder Law
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker launched a task force to study Illinois’ efforts to prevent elder abuse and punish its perpetrators, with a deadline of January 2021 to submit its report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that violence against the elderly has increased dramatically. The 22 Illinois Elder Abuse Task Force members are charged with analyzing the effectiveness of elder protective services in Illinois and other states and develop a long-term plan to improve outcomes for older Illinois residents.

Relevant Statistics About Elderly Abuse

Illinois’ Adult Protective Services agency reports the following statistics:

  • 13,536 reports of abuse against seniors in 2017, many victims experiencing more than one type of abuse:
    • 8,604 financial exploitation
    • 6,679 passive neglect
    • 6,476 emotional abuse
    • 3,782 physical abuse
    • 2,268 willful deprivation
    • 1,381 confinement
    • 765 sexual abuse
  • 1 in 5 victims is 86 or older
  • more than 50% cannot live independently

In creating the task force, Pritzer said:

“In Illinois, every single person – no matter their age, gender, citizenship, sex, ability, race or religion – deserves to feel safe and secure. One case of elder abuse would be too many, but 20,000 annually is unacceptable: we need to tackle this head on. This bipartisan Elder Abuse Task Force will investigate our current elder protective practices and strategies for increasing public awareness and come up with the best possible plan to combat patterns of abuse and treat our older Illinoisans with the respect they deserve.”

Let an Attorney Represent You

Do you have concerns about the care and rights of an elderly family member in Illinois? Our experienced elder law attorneys in Lombard Illinois understand applicable laws and advise you on the best options to protect an elderly or disabled person. Contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at (630) 382-8073.