BERKLEY — State Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Huntington Woods) was joined by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel yesterday for a Senior Services Summit at Berkley High School’s Collaborative Center. The pair discussed Nessel’s bipartisan Elder Abuse Task Force focused on developing strategies to mitigate elder abuse and provided information about the latest scams – how to prevent them and what to do if individuals get scammed.
“Seniors are central to all our communities across Michigan, not only because of the great contributions they have made to uplift our state, but also for their wide-ranging wisdom on many of the issues we face today,” Wittenberg said. “As scammers become more sophisticated in their tricks, it is more important than ever to provide our seniors with the resources they need to identify these scams so they are able to stop these frauds in their tracks before it’s too late.”
Also in attendance at the summit were representatives from the AARP, U.S. Postal Inspector, Oakland/Macomb Disability Network, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Jewish Senior Life, Oakland County Housing Network, and Alzheimer’s Association.
“I’m proud to have joined forces tonight with Representative Wittenberg and Senator McMorrow to talk about our collective efforts to serve and protect Michigan’s seniors,” Nessel said. “Keeping our seniors safe is a top priority for me and our office. It is precisely why we established our Elder Abuse Task Force and why it is so important to get out and educate our seniors on how they can shield themselves from becoming victims of scams and abuse.”