As part of the Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, AARP Alabama is pressing for state legislation to strengthen penalties for elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
The bill would allow such offenses to be prosecuted as first-degree, second-degree or third-degree abuse or neglect, depending on the type and severity of harm to the victim.
The most severe cases would be deemed class A felonies, which carry a prison sentence of 10 years to life.
The bill also would add language on financial exploitation of people age 60-plus to the state criminal code.
To join AARP’s battle against elder abuse, visit AARP Alabama.