Alzheimer’s Assoc. works to up penalties for elder abuse

DES MOINES, Iowa–The Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter hosted its annual Advocacy Week virtually from Feb. 8 – 11, and advocates from across the state participated by reaching out to all 150 Iowa legislators.

This year, the Alzheimer’s Association is focused on encouraging the Iowa legislature to increase penalties, both civil and criminal, for those who assault, steal, or commit fraud against older individuals. The bill will also require the Attorney General to provide written procedures for prosecuting attorneys to follow when prosecuting crimes against the elderly. This will allow for more types of abuse and abusers to be held accountable.

“Elder abuse is one of the most under-recognized and under-reported social problems in the U.S., including in Iowa,” says Robyn Mills, Public Policy Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter. “This legislation protects all older Iowans from all forms of abuse committed in all settings.”

Advocates across the state reached out to their local legislators through emails, virtual zoom meetings, social media posts, letters to the editor and Phone2Action alerts throughout the week to highlight the importance of supporting and protecting older Iowans and those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  

The current bill numbers for this proposed legislation are SSB 1082 – referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee:  Subcommittee, Senators Garrett, Kinney & Reichmann;  SF 202 referred to the Senate Human Resources Committee:  Subcommittee, Senators Whiting, Kinney & Shipley; and HF 353 referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Become an advocate today to help support all older Iowans against abuse by contacting your legislator today to ask them to support this bill, and join the Alzheimer’s Association Impact Movement to support future legislation to protect older Iowans and those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia by visiting