The number of older, wealthier people is increasing and sadly, so is the number of elderly persons who are financially exploited. Despite the widespread nature of such abuse, many states still do not have specific laws criminalizing such behavior – thankfully Michigan is not one of them. Yet despite the growing recognition of financial exploitation, it is routinely overlooked and unreported which some attribute to the belief that it remains a family matter. A recent New York Times article, “Declaring War on Financial Abuse of Older People” details one woman’s efforts to become an activist after her grandmother was swindled out of her life savings. With states and the federal government trying to increase public awareness, hopefully we achieve greater protection for our most vulnerable – the elderly.