DOJ, HHS Call for Action to Address Senior Abuse

Article from the Pennsylvania Home Care Association

With research suggesting that one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

The Elder Justice Roadmap, which was developed with the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country, will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To support the mission of elder abuse prevention and prosecution, DOJ has developed an interactive, online curriculum to teach legal aid and other civil attorneys to identify and respond to elder abuse. HHS is supporting the mission by developing a voluntary national adult protective services (APS) data system. Collecting national data on adult mistreatment will help to identify and address many gaps about the number and characteristics of adults who are the victims of maltreatment and the nature of services that are provided by APS agencies to protect these vulnerable adults.

Click here to view the Elder Justice Roadmap and accompanying resources.