Representative Malinowski Champions the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act

October 2, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act to better protect seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The bill amends the 2017 Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act to enhance efforts to prevent the abuse and exploitation of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Representative Malinowski is a cosponsor of this bill. 

The legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop best practices and training materials to assist professionals — such as law enforcement, emergency personnel and medical professionals — in supporting victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The bill would also require DOJ to report annually on the dissemination and use of the materials to Congress.

“Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are at an increased risk for experiencing elder abuse and exploitation,” said Representative Malinowski. “This legislation will help create safer environments for our loved ones, and I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure our most vulnerable are cared for.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, nearly 190,000 New Jersey seniors are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Since first entering office, Representative Malinowski has been actively involved with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter, meeting with members in New Jersey and Washington, D.C to better support those affected by Alzheimer’s. He has previously cosponsored the Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Act and the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.