Senior abuse in Iowa? Iowa is one of only three states in the United States that does not have a law specifically addressing the unique needs of older adults who suffer from the following types of abuse: physical, sexual, financial exploitation, denial of critical care by caretaker self-neglect, psychological abuse and abandonment.
Seniors may not want to report that a family member may be causing the abuse. Have you been to a senior home that needs a real cleaning, but someone says, “Oh, they want to live that way.” No, that is self-neglect abuse. Seniors are, many times, too proud to say they have been taken advantage of.
The Heritage Agency has developed an elder abuse intervention coalition to raise awareness and build support for public policies that address the needs of abused older Iowans, many of whom fall through the cracks.
You can make a difference by contacting your local legislators and sharing the message that all older Iowans have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation.