The Elder Justice Act of 2010 was passed by Congress and signed into law by Pres. Obama in 2010. It provides for a wide range of programs to protect elders after it was noted that 11% of seniors over age 60 were subject to some form of abuse each year.
The National Center of Elder Abuse defines elder abuse as “any knowing, intended or careless act that causes harm or serious risk of harm to an older person – physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially.”
It is part of the Affordable Care Act and provides federal resources to “prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.”
For more information on the Elder Justice Act, please refer to the following publications: