Bill to Prevent Exploitation of People with Dementia

House Bill 457, intended to prevent exploitation of persons with dementia by making it a felony crime, was passed by the Georgia Senate Health & Human Services subcommittee and is being heard by the Rules committee.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter supports HB 457 and is urging advocates to call their legislators today.

The guilty plea entered today by Frederick Barton illustrates how important HB 457 really is.

Barton pleaded guilty to defrauding a 90-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s of nearly all of her life savings.

Today’s hearing has made news but unfortunately, there are many more cases of exploitation that never get press coverage. The exploitation of persons with dementia is a common problem and the Alzheimer’s Association and its constituents are working very hard to get a bill passed that protects these vulnerable persons and their families.

The Alzheimer’s Association applauds Representatives Allen Peake and Buddy “Earl” Carter for sponsoring the bill and its amendment, and showing Georgians their concern for this egregious problem.

If you would like further comment on this important issue, please contact Ginny Helms, Vice President of Programs, Services and Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, and to enhance the care and support for all individuals, their families and caregivers.

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