Elderly Safety & Abuse Prevention

Elderly Abuse

Elder maltreatment is a significant public health problem. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. In the United States alone, over 500,000 older adults are believed to be abused or neglected each year. These statistics are likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to tell the police, family, or friends about the violence.

There are six types of maltreatment that occur in people over the age of 60. These include:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial Abuse


What is Financial Exploitation-Abuse:

The depth and breadth of elder financial exploitation in our society cuts across economic, educational, and cultural boundaries, and responses to exploitation are multidimensional, complex, and evolving. Every year thousands of aging Americans fall prey to scams, con men or other individuals taking advantage of their finances. The multifaceted legal problem of financial abuse of older adults must be addressed proactively.

The Legal Perspective on Financial Competence of Older Adults , focuses on different legal aspects of the financial capacity problem. The legal system provides an important alternative perspective: financial capacity is a medical-legal concept and the law has developed its own frameworks and procedures for determining whether an individual possesses sufficient decisional capacity to be legally permitted to manage his or her finances independently.

Domestic Violence (Prevention of Older Adult Intimate Partner Violence):

Nursing Homes:

How Can We Help?

  • Arizona’s Laws
  • Arizona Elder Abuse Coalition: Break the Silence
  • Adult Protective Services
    • 1-877-767-2385
    • TDD: 1-877-815-8390
  • MEAPA®
    Organization that promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Late-Life Domestic Violence
  • The 24-hour Senior HELP LINE
    • Area Agency on Aging, Region One:
    • (602) 264-HELP (4357)
  • The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)
    An association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America's most vulnerable citizens.
    • 1-855-500-3537
  • ElderCare Locator toll-free
    • 1-800-677-1116

If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 or the local police for the fastest and most direct response.