Advocacy & Policy

The Arizona Center on Aging works with many community and state-wide partners to advocate and build policy for aging issues.

Arizona Alzheimer's State Plan: A Framework for Action: The Arizona Alzheimer’s Task Force (AATF) was launched in 2010, responding to a nationwide effort for states to develop plans to support the rapidly rising population of families that are facing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD). The Task Force solicited statewide input from over 500 stakeholders to guide the creation of the Plan, and engaged more than 100 community organizations that serve and impact families dealing with ADRD, including consumers that rely on the support that is sometimes not available.

The Elder Alliance End of Life Care Partnership is funded by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The Partnership encourages excellent health care that can offer support through transitions and provides the choices to die with digntiy, meaning and respect.

The IAH Model promises to lower costs for Medicare while providing high quality clinical care and an excellent patient experience.

Arizona Hoarding Task Force, Southern AZ Chapter in conjunction with the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program offers a hoarding disorder workshop that is open to the public. "Buried In Treasures" is a 15-week program held in Tucson.

Email: Lisa O'Neill, DBH

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

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

TASA exists to advise the Arizona Attorney General's Office in matters concerning Arizona senior citizens and encourage a united voice to identify the needs and concerns of older adults in order to enhance their safety.

Mission Statement:

  • Establish a direct line of communication to contact the Attorney General's Office.
  • Identify and open cases within the prosecutorial authority of the Attorney General's Office. 
  • Raise awareness within the community to prevent and report senior abuse and exploitation. 
  • Provide communication and coordination among statewide groups.

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 Adult Protective Services Association):

  • Physical abuse: may include slapping, hitting, beating, bruising or causing someone physical pain, injury or suffering. This also could include confining an adult against his/her will, such as locking someone in a room or tying him/her to furniture.
  • Emotional abuse: involves creating emotional pain, distress or anguish through the use of threats, intimidation or humiliation. This includes insults, yelling or threats of harm and/or isolation, or non-verbal actions such as throwing objects or glaring to project fear and/or intimidation.
  • Neglect: includes failures by individuals to support the physical, emotional and social needs of adults dependent on others for their primary care. Neglect can take the form of withholding food, medications or access to health care professionals. For more information on neglect,click here.
  • Isolation: involves restricting visits from family and friends or preventing contact via telephone or mail correspondence.
  • Financial or material exploitation: includes the misuse, mishandling or exploitation of property, possessions or assets of adults. Also includes using another’s assets without consent, under false pretense, or through coercion and/or manipulation.
  • Abandonment: involves desertion by anyone who assumed caregiving responsibilities for an adult.
  • Sexual abuse: includes physical force, threats or coercion to facilitate non-consensual touching, fondling, intercourse or other sexual activities. This is particularly true with vulnerable adults who are unable to give consent or comprehend the nature of these actions.
  • Self-neglect: involves seniors or adults with disabilities who fail to meet their own essential physical, psychological or social needs, which threatens their health, safety and well-being. This includes failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter and health care for one’s own needs.
Elder Abuse Resources