Magazine article Aging Today

Roadmap to Better Data Can Help Fight Elder Abuse and Neglect

Magazine article Aging Today

Roadmap to Better Data Can Help Fight Elder Abuse and Neglect

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According to the National Center on Elder Abuse at the Administration on Aging, one in 10 Americans older than age 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, and people with dementia are at a higher risk for such abuse. This past July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed a new framework to address elder abuse prevention and prosecution.

Called the Elder Justice Roadmap, it makes use of the input from summits held to identify the most critical priorities and opportunities for engaging advocacy around elder abuse. Hundreds of public and private stakeholders across the country attended the summits and lent their expertise.

"The fastest-growing population is people 85 years old, or older," said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging and administrator of the Administration for Community Living. "Stemming the tide of abuse will require individuals, neighbors, communities and public and private entities to take a hard look at how each of us encounters elder abuse-and commit to combat it."

The DOJ also has developed an interactive online curriculum to help those in legal aid positions, or other attorneys, identify and respond to elder abuse. These three modules cover what attorneys should know about elder abuse, practical and ethical strategies to use when facing challenges in fighting elder abuse and include a primer on domestic violence and sexual assault. …

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