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Administration on Aging (AoA)

National Center on Elder Abuse (Title II)

Authorizing Legislation: Section 202(d) of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended

The Purpose of the Program and How it Works

First established in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) was granted a permanent home at AoA through the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment, and operates as a multi-disciplinary consortium of collaborators with expertise in elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The NCEA provides relevant information, materials, and support to enhance state and local efforts to prevent and address elder mistreatment. NCEA disseminates information to professionals and the public, and it provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. The NCEA makes available news and resources; collaborates on research; provides consultation, education, and training; identifies and provides information about promising practices and interventions; answers inquiries and requests for information; operates a listserve forum for professionals; and advises on program and policy development. NCEA also facilitates the exchange of strategies for uncovering and prosecuting fraud and scams targeted at seniors.

In 2011, AoA awarded two new grants totaling $761,000 for the NCEA, including first-time funding specifically dedicated to elder abuse prevention in Indian Country. A $561,000 award for the NCEA Information Clearinghouse went to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect. The NCEA Clearinghouse will provide a national source of practical information to support federal, state and local efforts to prevent, identify, and effectively respond to elder abuse. The Clearinghouse will provide information and technical support, translate the latest research in the field, and disseminate best practices for state, local, and Tribal practitioners. The NCEA will also provide technical assistance on developing effective prevention, intervention, and response efforts to address elder abuse.

A $200,000 award for the NCEA National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) was made to the University of North Dakota (UND). The NCEA NIEJI will begin to address the lack of culturally appropriate information and community education materials on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation in Indian Country. Some of the undertakings of the initiative will include establishing a resource center on elder abuse to assist tribes in addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; identifying and making available existing literature, resources, and tribal codes that address elder abuse; and developing and disseminating culturally appropriate and responsive resources for use by Tribes, care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders.

Data Highlight Extensive Services Provided to Seniors

In 2010, the NCEA:

  • Continued its outreach by serving over 1,700 subscribers to its newsletter and over 1,600 members to the Elder Abuse Listserv.
  • Responded to over 1,000 individual public inquiries and requests for information.
  • Effectively utilized technology to provide cost-effective trainings to over 1,100 professionals though live Webcast forums on issues relevant to elder justice, and maintained the NCEA training library with over 230 resources.
  • Supported systems change in 22 local communities by providing funding, training, and technical assistance to new elder justice community coalitions to leverage local resources and expertise to prevent and combat elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

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Funding History

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Resources and Useful Links

National Center on Elder Abuse

NCEA National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative

AoA Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation program

What is Elder Abuse?

What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation?

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Domestic Violence in Later Life

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Last Modified: 10/5/2016