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Capitol Health Call
April 13, 2011

Elder Abuse

JAMA. 2011;305(14):1402. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.415

Stronger leadership from the federal government is needed to enhance the national response to elder abuse, said the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a report presented during a March 2 hearing of the Senate's Special Committee on Aging.

The GAO report noted that in 2010, an estimated 14.1% of noninstitutionalized older adults experienced physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; or financial exploitation (http://tinyurl.com/4gvgswt). Although 7 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice devoted $11.9 million in grants for elder justice activities in fiscal year 2009, leadership and national policy priorities are lacking, the report said.