Elder Abuse Summit Looks For Solutions | Community Spirit
Des Moines will host the first-ever Elder Abuse Summit Thursday. The summit is challenged with discussing issues of elder abuse in an effort by the State to review laws relating to the abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly folks.
According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, elder abuse is under-reported with only one in 23 cases ever reported and only one in 44 financial exploitation cases reported. Death of older abuse victims is three times more likely than non-abused older adults.
"The Elder Abuse Summit will feature presenters in the morning and participant input in the afternoon. The focus of the Summit is to provide an assessment of Iowa’s current situation, identify system barriers and gather suggestions on what is needed to create the desired elder abuse system and to ensure the highest quality of life for older individuals in Iowa,” Director Donna Harvey said.
The summit is in response to House File 2387, which the Iowa legislature passed and Governor Branstad signed into law in April.
The summit is being held at the Izaak Walton League, officials ask that interested individuals register because seating is limited.
Registration is available by going to the Iowa Department on Aging website or Pat Wyatt at: 515-725-3240 or calling toll-free: 800-532-3213.
Cost for the event is $10.00, lunch is included.