Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. What is elder abuse?

Although each state has a different definition, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, unintentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older person. This abuse manifests itself in many forms, including financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and self-neglect and occurs both in the community and facilities. Find out more about the different types of elder abuse at the National Center on Elder Abuse.

Q.2. I think elder abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation is happening. What should I do?

If the situation is serious, threatening, or dangerous, CALL 911 or the local police for immediate help.

Looking for additional resources in your area? Visit the Eldercare Locator website or call 1-800-677-1116. The Department of Justice and the National Center on Elder Abuse also have resources listed within each state.

Q.3. Are there warning signs I should look out for?

Yes! There are definitely warning signs that abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation are happening. Take a look at the Red Flags of Elder Abuse here.

Q.4. How many people are experiencing elder abuse?

Far too many older people are experiencing abuse. Research tells us that as many as 1 in 10 older people and 1 in 2 people with dementia experience elder abuse. Find out more on our Impact of Elder Abuse page.

Q.5. What is Ageless Alliance doing to address this issue?

We are turning voices into action to end elder abuse! Find out more on our Awareness and Advocacy page.

Q.6. How can I get involved?

Visit our Get Connected page to find out how you can join with us in our mission to end elder abuse.