A bill that better protects older Iowans from abuse just needs the governor's signature to become law.
The Elder Abuse Bill was unanimously approved in both the Iowa House and Senate. It increases the criminal and civil penalties for anyone who assaults, steals from or commits fraud against a person who's 60 years or older.
The Alzheimer's Association of Iowa says the current law is too narrow. Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Director Robyn Mills explains that in the current law, "the dependent adult must be in a community living setting, such as a long-term care facility and the abuser can only be a caregiver."
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