S. 3703/H.R. 6813: Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act
On December 22, 2020, the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act was signed into law. The law requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop training materials to assist professionals supporting victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These materials will be designed to assist law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, medical personnel, victims services personnel, and others who encounter and support individuals living with dementia. Dementia-specific training materials for these professionals will improve the quality of their interactions with individuals living with dementia and help protect them from elder abuse. The law also requires DOJ to report to Congress annually on the dissemination and use of the materials.