Elder Justice

Current status: Elder abuse is a growing problem in our society—1 in 10 seniors are victims. The President’s FY 2015 proposed budget includes an Elder Justice Initiative which would provide $25 million for data collection and research into elder abuse while strengthening adult protective services.  It would be the first direct appropriation for the 2010 Elder Justice Act.

Resolved: NANASP, as a member of the Elder Justice Coalition, supports the President’s proposed Elder Justice Initiative as a first step in improving the federal government’s response to the problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

CLICK HERE for more information on the FY15 President's Budget Funding for the Elder Justice Initiave

Call to Action: Support the President's FY 2015 Budget Request for Elder Justice Initiative by Contacting Congress

Please click here for to send a direct email to your Congressmen via the NCOA website: https://secure3.convio.net/ncoa/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=300

Alternatively, you can use the letter and links below to create your own advocacy email.

This is an example of a letter to a Representative or Senator. In an email sent from your Congressman's website, you will fill out your contact information and submit the body of the letter in the message section.   

To find your representative or senator, please click on the links below:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/#linktowyr

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Dear Representative/Senator ______________:  

As a ______ (include any personal role i.e. social worker, elder abuse victim) and a constituent, I urge you to support funding for the President’s FY 2015 budget request of $25 million for the Elder Justice Initiative. There are currently 5 million elder abuse victims in America, and for every case that is reported, 24 go unreported. Estimated losses to older victims of financial exploitation are $2.9 billion per year and the direct medical costs associated with elder abuse exceed $5 billion.

It is well documented that Adult Protective Services, the only agency statutorily authorized to help the elderly and disabled, lacks reliable data and guidance on conducting case investigations. In addition, there is a dearth of research in the area of elder abuse and little known about the risk and protective factors for both the victim and perpetrator as well as effective and evidence-based methods to reduce victimization.

The Elder Justice Initiative proposed in the President's budget addresses these issues. The Initiative includes $13.8 million dollars for Adult Protective Services and will help create an APS National Data System and technical assistance as well as national demonstration grants to both enhance data systems and develop program standards and evaluation. It will also provide $11.2 million for research including elder abuse screening and will establish a better knowledge base about elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. This research is needed in order to create credible benchmarks for elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation prevention as well as program development and evaluation.

A federal investment in an APS data system, demonstration grants and research is an investment in the heath and economic future of our nation. Please make Elder Justice a higher priority for our nation by supporting the President’s budget request. Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this issue further. 

Sincerely,  

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Other Elder Justice Resources

Suspect Abuse?  If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, find your state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) or contact the Eldercare Locator online or at 1-800-677-1116. If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 or the local police for immediate help.