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NCJ Number: 230261 Find in a Library
Title: Glass Half Full: The Dubious History of Elder Abuse Policy
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:22  Issue:1-2  Dated:January-June 2010  Pages:6-15
Author(s): Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D.; Tenzin Wangmo, Ph.D.; Georgia J. Anetzberger, Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: PDF
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article highlights the brief 30-year history of major U.S. policies that address elder abuse.
Abstract: The history of elder abuse policy is checkered and incomplete, reflecting a lack of comprehensive Federal legislation. This article begins its review by discussing the scope of elder abuse policy and, in particular, the Social Security Block Grant, which has become the sole source of Federal aid for Adult Protective Services programs. The other source of Federal aid, typically for helping efforts by Area Agencies on Aging, is the Older Americans Act. The authors document the incremental but increasing attention paid to elder abuse by chronicling key initiatives, including early congressional reports and hearings; White House Conferences on Aging; and efforts by pioneers such as Mario Biaggi, Claude Pepper, John Breaux, and Orin Hatch—efforts that we believe have led to the various introductions of the Elder Justice Act. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Crime specific countermeasures; Crime specific law reform; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Elderly victims; Federal legislation
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