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Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearings and GAO Reports

  • Shelly L. JacksonEmail author
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Abstract

It has been asserted that the federal government has not played a substantial role in elder abuse. This chapter reviews the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s hearings since its inception and a series of commissioned reports generated by the General Accounting Office (GAO). The review finds that the Committee has held considerably more hearings on financial exploitation/scams than on elder abuse generally. Furthermore, relatively little federal legislation has resulted from the Committee’s efforts. In spite of calls for federal leadership dating back to the 1970s, the federal government has not played a substantial role in structuring or funding adult protective services, providing leadership for the field, or providing comprehensive federal legislation related to elder abuse. Although some progress has been made over the past 35 years, the hearings and reports reviewed in this chapter provide further guidance for how to enhance elder abuse policy, practice, and research at the federal level.

Keywords

Elder abuse Financial exploitation GAO reports Senate special committee on aging Federal policy 

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  1. 1.Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral SciencesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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