Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness Programs
Under the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging is required to respond to cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, including financial exploitation, and intervene or investigate, as needed. Elder abuse prevention and advocacy methods include providing outreach, education, training and consultation to aging network partners, key stakeholders and the general public.
2013 Task Force on Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention
In accordance with Senate File 446 Section 50, the Iowa Department on Aging is mandated to continue a task force on elder abuse prevention and intervention to continue the work of the elder abuse task force established pursuant to 2012 Iowa Acts, chapter 1056.
Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness
An important function of the Department is to provide education and develop programs and policies aimed at preventing elder abuse. Elder abuse appears in many different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, undue influence, sexual abuse or exploitation, financial exploitation, denial of critical care and self-neglect.
For information on Elder Abuse, Neglect or Financial Exploitation contact 800-532-3213.
A single location point for the general public, medical professionals, financial institutions, law enforcement, gatekeepers, aging network partners and other stakeholder to gather resources and information on elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The State Clearinghouse will continuously be updated and includes presentations, training materials, fact sheets and press releases aimed to inform and educate Iowans about elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation and how to help recognize and prevent it from occurring.
Train the Trainer
The Iowa Department on Aging provides a curriculum approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Abuse Education Review Process for mandatory reporter trainers of dependent adult abuse. The curriculum, Trainer's Guide on Dependent Adult Abuse for Mandatory Reporters, is available as a free download on this website.