(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Wednesday, September 20, at 12 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will announce new legislation to protect District seniors and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and abuse at the 10th Anniversary of the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center. The first legislation, Protection of Seniors and Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Act of 2017, will establish a mandatory reporting requirement of suspected financial exploitation for insurance companies, securities firms, and banks. Additionally, it will also allow financial firms to temporarily delay payments related to suspicious transactions.The second legislation, the Vulnerable Population and Employer Protection Amendment Act of 2017, will help the District move more quickly and effectively to eliminate financial predators.
Since taking office, Mayor Bowser launched a range of innovative initiatives that support the city’s senior residents. In 2016, Mayor Bowser’s Safe at Home program installed safety adaptions in the homes of nearly 700 DC seniors and residents with disabilities, reducing the risk of falls and other injuries. Additionally, through other investments in housing, employment opportunities, public safety, transportation, and wellness programs, the Bowser Administration is ensuring more DC seniors are able to age in place and live purposeful lives.Through Age-Friendly DC, a citywide initiative guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Administration has worked to transform Washington, DC into an easier place to grow older, and the District is now on pace to become only the third US city designated by the WHO as an Age-Friendly City.
Wednesday, September 20, at 12 pm
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 4
HyeSook Chung, Deputy Mayor, Health and Human Services
Laura Newland, Executive Director, DC Office of Aging
Maria Gomez, Executive Director, Mary’s Center
Teresa Moore, Director, Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center
Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center
324 Kennedy Street, NW
*Closest Metro: Fort Totten Metro Station*
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].