As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses.
U.S. Census data ranks Iowa ninth in the nation in the percentage of population age 65 or older, and Iowa ranks fourth for residents age 85 or older. Given that, lawmakers are considering legislation intended to better protect older Iowans and the future elder population.
The state Senate and House have approved different versions of a bill intended to toughen penalties for financially exploiting elderly people and to establish better protections for vulnerable adults.
Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says protecting Iowans who are most vulnerable is a priority. He says the House-backed bill is "a positive step toward protecting Iowans who can't protect themselves."