According to National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. It is estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is a one-time incident, a repetitive act or lack of correct action that results in the distress or harm of an elderly person. It is a violation of human rights that includes emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial and material abuse; exploitation, neglect; and abandonment.
Who Are the Victims?
Under California law, victims of abuse are defined as elder adults (65 years and older) and dependent adults (ages 18-64) who are disabled.
How to Report Elder Abuse?
To report elder or dependent adult abuse, or if you have additional questions or concerns, please call the 24 - Hour Elder Abuse Reporting Hotline at 1-877- 477-3646 (1-877- 4-R- Seniors).
Elders are important members of our families and communities, but are too often vulnerable to many types and forms of abuse. Together we can prevent, report, and reduce the abuse of the elderly.