What is Linn County Triad? PDF Print E-mail


The Linn County TRIAD is a partnership of county and local law enforcement and other organizations and individuals involved with older adult issues of safety and well-being. The Linn County TRIAD includes the Linn County Sheriff, all local Linn County community police departments, plus local agencies and older community volunteers who all agree to work together to reduce criminal victimization of older adults.


What does the Linn County TRIAD do?

  • EDUCATION: By sponsoring crime prevention and personal  safety programs for older citizens.

  • ASSISTANCE: By recruiting and training volunteers to assist law enforcement in the presentation of applicable information regarding crimes that can be committed against older citizens.

  • SUPPORT: By identifying community resources and providing information and referrals to older persons seeking  knowledge and assistance.

The primary way that TRIAD  helps seniors is through:

Realities of Elder Abuse PDF Print E-mail


Our very own Ingrid Wensel and Tracey Robertson introduce a critical issue in our community that is Elder Abuse. An often isolating, and damaging battle for many aging adults, as 1 in 28 cases are reported. We raise our voice to those silenced by Elder Abuse, and stand as allies with victims, and their families by offering education, support, and empowerment to our community, we encourage you to do the same! Take a moment to watch this powerful segment on the Realities of Elder Abuse and ask how you can get involved!

Video:   Realities of Elder Abuse




Elder Abuse: An Under-Recognized Social Injustice PDF Print E-mail

Elder abuse is grossly under-recognized and grossly under-reported.  It’s estimated that 84% of elder abuse cases go unreported and 40% of all elder abuse involves some form of financial exploitation.  Research has also shown that elder abuse can dramatically shorten the life of a victim.  The types of elder abuse include:  physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, financial exploitation, denial of critical care by caretaker, self-neglect, and verbal/psychological abuse.


Iowa is 1 of 5 states that does NOT have a law specifically addressing the unique needs of older adults.  Iowa has a Dependent Adult Abuse Law, which is overseen by the Dept. of Human Services (DHS).  Under this law, in order for DHS to intervene in cases of suspected abuse, there must be the following criteria:  a dependent adult (a person age 18+), a caretaker, and an allegation of abuse recognized by Iowa Code 235B or 235E.  This current law does not address the needs of victims who are experiencing abuse from someone that is not their caretaker, nor does it address an older adult who is experiencing self-neglect due to mental health issues or dementia.