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.
- Abuse or Neglect in the Community: If you or others experience abuse or neglect in a community setting, contact your county’s Adult Protective Services (APS). The APS mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of elders and dependent adults. Find the APS contact information in your state here.
- Abuse or Neglect in a Long Term Care Facility: The program’s mission is to advocate for residents in long term care facilities to help ensure safe, appropriate care. Find the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in your area here.
- For Domestic Violence visit http://www.thehotline.org/ or contact the Confidential Hotline at 1-800 -799-7233.
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.