Groups advocating for older Iowans are calling on lawmakers to strengthen the state’s laws on elder abuse.
The Iowa Department of Human Services says the number of reports of dependent adult abuse increased 37 percent from the first half of 2020 to the second half of 2021 with 5,800 cases. Iowa AARP spokesman Anthony Carroll says around half of those reports are rejected by DHS, which does not keep statistics on elder abuse.
“Now to be clear, the rejection by DHS of the majority of those cases, is not an indictment of DHS or an indication it’s not doing its job. It’s an indictment on the gap of our state laws, Carroll says. During an event at the state capitol, Carroll says the law needs to be updated to get rid of those gaps.