Elder abuse and crimes
targeting older people are a real issue that comes in many forms including:
Learn how to stay safe
and report suspected abusers.
Although these signs do
not always mean elder abuse, it is important to be aware that elder abuse can
occur at anytime to anyone:
or broken bones
may be blamed on “old age” when the real cause is malnutrition or drug
interactions or side effects.
older person never goes outside or never sees visitors
large sums of money from a savings account without apparent reason
Signing over his or her home to a relative
Any person who believes
that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned may call
the elder abuse hotline. The hotline is
open 24 hours a day.
If you have concerns
about the quality of care an older person is receiving from a facility or a
caregiver, please call your local Area Agency on Aging for guidance.
Statewide elder abuse hotline: