The Nova Scotia government wants to give itself the power to investigate suspected cases of financial abuse of seniors who don't have the mental capacity to manage their affairs.

Health Minister Dave Wilson says changes to the Adult Protection Act would allow anyone concerned about financial abuse of people 65 or older who lack mental capacity to report their concerns to the government.

Wilson says it could take up to a year for his department to develop a plan and assess training requirements or whether additional staff hirings are needed in order to conduct the investigations