Advocacy & Policy

Pima Council on Aging (PCOA)

The Pima Council on Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving older adults and their families living in Pima County, Arizona. Pima County includes the Cities of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and South Tucson; the unincorporated areas of Ajo, Amado, Arivaca, Catalina, Corona de Tucson, Green Valley, Mount Lemmon, Three Points, Tortolita, and Vail; the Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O'odham Nations; Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the University of Arizona. PCOA is a membership-supported non-profit 501(c)(3) organization accessible to any individual or group seeking assistance or sharing our mission.

Phone helpline: (520) 790-7262
Email helpline: help@pcoa.org

Arizona Governor's Office on Aging

The Arizona Governor’s Office on Aging is dedicated to ensuring that Arizona is indeed a good place to grow old in. By the year 2020, one in four people living in Arizona will be over age 60, and in an effort to make sure that our state is ready for such a demographic shift, the Governor’s Office on Aging continues to work with state and local agencies and organizations on numerous aging-related policy and program initiatives. We invite you to become involved with our work to help support the right of all Arizonans to live with dignity and independence throughout their lives.

Governor’s Office on Aging
State Executive Tower
1700 W. Washington St., Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ  85007

Phone: (602) 542-4710
Fax: (602) 542-4774
Email: aging@az.gov

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person. It is generally divided into the following categories (definitions courtesy the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse):

  • Physical abuse is physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. It includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint.
  • Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person. 
  • Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of violence by an intimate partner where the violence is used to exercise power and control. 
  • Psychological abuse is the willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct. 
  • Financial abuse is the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property, or resources.
  • Neglect is the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her care giving responsibilities. 
  • Self-neglect is failure to provide for one's own essential needs.
Elder Abuse Resources