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Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (Title VII-A3)

Authorizing Legislation: Section 721 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended

The Purpose of the Program and How it Works

In 1987 AoA established the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation program. Through the program, AoA provides federal leadership in strengthening elder justice strategic planning and direction for programs, activities, and research related to elder abuse awareness and prevention. This program trains law enforcement officers, health care providers, and other professionals on how to recognize and respond to elder abuse; supports outreach and education campaigns to increase public awareness of elder abuse and how to prevent it; and supports the efforts of state and local elder abuse prevention coalitions and multidisciplinary teams.

AoA allocates grants under this program by formula to states and territories based on their share of the population aged 60 and over. States and territories have the discretion to allocate funding among the various activities authorized under the program. They also may choose to distribute the funds to area agencies on aging and local service providers.

To support this important program, AoA provides funding for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). The NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment, and provides relevant information, materials, and support to enhance state and local efforts to prevent and address elder mistreatment. For an overview of this program, please visit the National Center on Elder Abuse section of the website, or you may go directly to NCEA website

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Data Highlight Extensive Services Provided to Seniors

The following examples illustrate how AoA funding also supported state and local programs to prevent elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults in 2010:

  • In Kentucky, the local area agencies on aging participate in the Local Coordinating Councils on Elder Abuse, which have developed emergency elder shelters, developed informational cards for law enforcement officers to have in the patrol cars which contain crucial resource information for victims of elder abuse, provided training on a regular basis to first responders, provided a friendly visitor program for home-based seniors, and produced a prevention tool called the Kentucky Fraud Fighter Form.
  • In Illinois, the Illinois Department on Aging utilizes its Title VII elder abuse funds to support volunteer community based multi-disciplinary teams (M-Teams) that serve in a technical advisory role to more than 40 elder abuse provider agencies throughout the state. The objectives of the M-Team are to provide case consultation and assistance to caseworkers and to encourage cooperation among various service agencies. Each M-Team is composed of the M-Team Coordinator and representatives of the following professions: mental health, medical, legal, law enforcement, faith community and financial.

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Funding History

Funding for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation program during the past four years is as follows:

FY 2006$5,142,000
FY 2007$5,094,540
FY 2008$5,005,538
FY 2009$5,005,440
FY 2010$5,005,440
FY 2011$5,032,634
FY 2012$4,986,098

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Resources and Useful Links

AoA’s National Center on Elder Abuse (Overview of AoA’s Title II program)

Visit the National Center on Elder Abuse website

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study

What is Elder Abuse?

What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Domestic Violence in Later Life

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600