Elder Abuse

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Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or “trusted others.”

Information and Guides
Elder Abuse and Its Prevention: Workshop Summary, from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies

Preventing Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation in Adult Care Homes, from Kansas Advocates for Better Care

The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse: Crimes of Occasion, Desperation, and Predation Against America’s Elders (June 2011)

Consumer Factsheets on Financial Exploitation (February 2014)
Developed in part through a grant from the Administration on Aging for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), these fact sheets discuss the prevention, detection and reporting of financial exploitation in assisted living and nursing homes. 

Additional Websites

National Center for Elder Abuse

Administration on Aging: Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder Justice Initiative: U.S. Department of Justice