Elder Abuse Prevention
Most states have passed laws mandating anyone who has reason to believe a vulnerable adult is being abused, neglected or exploited must immediately notify an Adult Protective Services agency or the nearest law enforcement office. Abusers can be family members, professional caregivers and service providers. Abuse can be physical and/or verbal. Signs of abuse include unexplained bruises, welts fractures and abrasions; withdrawn or passive behavior and loss of self-esteem and self-determination. If you suspect abuse or neglect, you must report it immediately. Your local Area Agency on Aging will have a hotline you can call to make a report, anonymously, if desired. Or, simply call 911. If you are a vulnerable Senior, you do not need to tolerate anyone who yells, uses demeaning language, grabs, shakes or strikes you in any way. Let someone know. Help will come quickly.