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.