APA informs Congressional watchdog report on elder abuse
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is preparing a report on elder abuse, at the direction of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. As a legislative branch agency, GAO works in a nonpartisan fashion to provide critical information and recommendations to Congress.
In February, PI-GRO responded to an official request from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for information about the serious issue of elder abuse in the United States. The GAO was collecting information for an elder abuse study that they are conducting at the direction of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. PI-GRO submitted a detailed letter to the GAO that outlined the nature and extent of elder abuse; described the integral role psychologists play in detecting, preventing, and intervening in elder abuse; and provided federal policy recommendations to address this critically important problem. PI-GRO gathered input for its response from the APA Committee on Aging, the APA Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56), and the Elder Justice Coalition.