'It makes you wonder, don't you have parents?" Joplin senior Dortha McNeely says. "What if someonebody was doing that to them?
Dortha McNeely says she's disgusted with the way some people treat senior citizens.
"So many people that think that once you get old that you don't got enough sense to take care of yourself," McNeely says. "So they really come and try to take advantage of you."
In fact, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on aging estimates 20% of Americans 65 and older have been financially exploited, while more than a million are targeted every year.
Preventing that exploitation and abuse against seniors is the mission behind laws recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly.
"It's easier for a prosecutor to actually press charges and in a lot of cases it increases the chances for charges to be pressed," Area Agency of Aging in Joplin Community Service Director Allison Riddle says.
Seniors will also benefit from additional funding to the Home Delivered Meals Program. Legislators partially restored previous funding, which took a big cut three years ago.
"It's very important that they eat and the funding on it is something that's just an asset," Joplin Senior Center volunteer Tom Black says. "I think it is very helpful for people on limited income who can't get out and cant go shopping."
The Joplin Senior Center provides meals for home delivery seven days a week.