The Elder Justice Act: Bridging the Gap Between Health and Public Policy
Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation are significant and under-recognized public health and human rights issues in the United States and globally. Research has demonstrated that elder abuse has significant consequences for the health, well-being, and independence of older adults. The Elder Justice Act (EJA) is a public policy approach to address the public health problem of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This chapter provides an overview of the EJA and its major components, as well as the Administration for Community Living and its activities in implementing the EJA to demonstrate the importance of the health field in driving public policy at the federal level.
KeywordsElder abuse Elder justice act Public health Federal policy
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