The Coalition and the seven chapters of the Alzheimer's Association across the state periodically disseminate Action Alerts regarding our priorities to our advocates and legislators. Check this page periodically for updates.
The below Action Alert about financial exploitation was sent to all of our advocates in New York State. (Spring 2017)
The Alzheimer's Association, New York State Coalition advocates on behalf of all New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As you may know, we were successful in preserving our funding in the New York State Budget. We are also continuing to work on improving access to assisted living for low-income New Yorkers with dementia.
We are coming to you today with an urgent request about our third legislative priority. The New York State Assembly is considering our bills that would protect vulnerable adults in New York from being financially exploited.
Today, we need you to ask your Assemblymember to support legislation that would provide greater protection for our vulnerable adults with dementia at our banks and encourage dementia training for all bank employees.
Please contact your Assemblymember this week (using this link) to share your concern and ask to include financial exploitation legislation in the NYS Budget. The deadline for passing the budget is Friday, March 31, so time is of the essence!
Thanks for all you do to speak up for the 390,000 New Yorkers with Alzheimer's dementia.
Jane Ginsburg, Executive Director
Alzheimer's Association, New York State Coaliton
The below email about financial exploitation was sent to all New York State legislators. (Spring 2017)
Alzheimer's disease affects 390,000 people living in New York. According to the 2016 NYS Office of Children and Family Services Cost of Financial Exploitation Study, more than one-third of financial exploitation victims exhibited signs of dementia. I am writing today to ask for your support of legislation that would protect this vulnerable constituency.
The cognitive impairment that occurs with Alzheimer's and other dementia not only challenges memory, but also hampers reasoning, judgment and decision-making skills, making seniors more vulnerable to people looking to deceive them.
Financial institutions in New York State must be empowered to refuse a transaction when there is a suspicion of elder abuse. Further, all bank employees should receive formalized training to recognize the signs of financial abuse and dementia.
These protections are consistent with recommendations of The New York State Coordinating Council for Services Related to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.
Please safeguard vulnerable adults and support budget language to affect the change and protections that our constituency deserves. I am also asking for your support of bills A.3008, Part AA and A.6395 to authorize banks to refuse payment of moneys when there is reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is being financially exploited and ensure that dementia education is included in the training of bank employees.
As an Alzheimer's Association advocate, this matter is of urgent importance and I am grateful for your support.