Elder Abuse Awareness
Resources for Recognizing and Stopping Elder Abuse

 

Elder abuse is a growing problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines elder abuse as "intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or 'trusted' individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. In many states, younger adults with disabilities may qualify for the same services and protections.

 

Physical abuse, neglect, emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, and abandonment are all considered to be forms of elder abuse. In many states, self-neglect is also considered mistreatment.

 

If you suspect abuse, call Adult Protective Services (APS) immediately at 1-888-277-8366.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ELDER ABUSE?
There are six different types of elder abuse. CLICK HERE to learn more.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE?
You may see signs of abuse or neglect when you visit an older adult at home or in an eldercare facility. CLICK HERE to learn more.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT ABUSE?
If you see signs of abuse, try talking with the older adult to find out what's going on. CLICK HERE to learn more.

REPORTING ABUSE: WHO SHOULD I TELL?
Tennessee is a mandatory reporting state. If you see abuse — or even suspect that an adult is being abused, neglected or exploited — you must report it. Call the Tennessee Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services unit, toll-free at 1-888-277-8366CLICK HERE to learn more.

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Adult Protective Services staff investigate reports of abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) or financial exploitation of adults who are unable to protect themselves due to a physical or mental limitation. CLICK HERE to learn more.

VIDEO LIBRARY: ELDER ABUSE
View some of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability educational videos on elder abuse. CLICK HERE to learn more.