(WBNG) -- Pennsylvania is taking extra steps to ensure its older adults don't get scammed.
On Tuesday, the State Department of Aging released the results of a year-long study on financial exploitation. It found most victims are female, around 80 years old, and are often taken advantage of by people they know.
The department estimates $58 million dollars was lost in reported cases of elder abuse, but because most cases go unreported, up to $2.5 billion dollars could have been lost in 2018.
The State's Secretary of Aging announced support for a bill currently in the state senate that would change the Older Adult Protective Services Act. He told 12 News these changes can't come soon enough.
"We're hoping that it'll get serious consideration before the end of the session; it's an important piece of legislation," said Robert Torres. "If you talk to anyone, no one's going to say they're not supportive of protecting and advocating for older adults."
Some of the legislative changes proposed include increasing the number of mandated reporters of abuse, and requiring financial exploitation trainings for protective services.