Federal Statutes  

Major Federal Elder Justice Statutes – laws that fund and implement elder abuse-related policy 

The OAA supports social services and programs to prevent the abuse, neglect,     and exploitation of older persons, aged 60 and older. These include supportive            services, family caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program,        congregate and home-delivered nutrition services, and services to prevent the     abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons. The OAA has been reauthorized and amended numerous times since its enactment in 1965.

For more information, visit Older Americans Act | ACL Administration for Community Living 

Passed in 2010, the EJA is the first comprehensive federal legislation to address the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. The law authorized a variety of programs and initiatives to better coordinate federal responses to elder abuse, promote elder justice research and innovation, support Adult Protective Services systems, and provide additional protections for residents of long-term care facilities.

For more information, visit The Elder Justice Act | ACL Administration for Community Living 

This 2017 law increased data collection and information sharing in abuse and       fraud cases, expanded training of federal prosecutors and investigators,                          established an elder justice coordinator position in both the Federal Trade    Commission and the Department of Justice, and increased penalties for criminals targeting older adults. 

For more information, visit Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act-Congress, Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act-Department of Justice, Elder Justice Initiative – Department of Justice 

OBRA ’87 ensures that residents of nursing homes receive quality care that results in their achieving or maintaining their “highest practicable” physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. The Act requires the provision of certain services to each resident and establishes a Residents’ Bill of Rights. Nursing homes receive Medicaid and Medicare payments for resident care only if they are certified in substantial compliance with the ACT.

For more information, visit OBRA ’87 Summary – Consumer Voice, Nursing Homes – CMS.gov 

Federal Policy Resources

Aging in general: American Society on Aging,  National Council on Aging, AARP 

Aging and disability: Aging and Disability Networks (ACL)

Caregiving: National Strategy on Caregiving (ACL), National Alliance for Caregiving, Caregiver Action Network 

Family violence/violence against women: National Clearinghouse for Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) 

Financial exploitation, frauds and scams: Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, National Adult Protective Services Association, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging,   Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement 

Healthcare and aging: Medicare Rights Center, Center for Medicare Advocacy, National Center for Law and Elder Rights 

Housing and community-based services: Housing and Services Resource Center (ACL), US Department of Housing and Urban Development , USAging, Meals on Wheels America, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, American Association of Service Coordinators, Village to Village Network 

Diversity in aging: National Indian Council on Aging, National Hispanic Council on Aging, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), National Center and Caucus on Black Aging, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Diverse Elders Coalition 

Nursing home reform: The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (NASOP) 

State Statutes  

Each state, the District of Columbia, and some territories have statutes to protect older adults from physical abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and abandonment.  

Find Help Near You 

Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116) – Find resources for older adults and caregivers by entering your zip code OR city and state.  

Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL)

U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Neighborhood Map – Find elder abuse resources in your state. 

Non-Governmental Entities that advocate for Elder Justice Policy