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What should you do if you see signs of elder abuse?

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First, try talking with the person you think is in trouble. You can start by saying you think something is wrong and you want to help. If he won't answer your questions, it’s possible that he is being abused. If he tells you someone’s hurting him or you think he’s in immediate danger, call 911.

If the problem isn’t urgent, contact Adult Protective Services. You don’t need proof of the abuse to make the call. The agency will send someone to the person's home to check out the report and take steps to make sure he’s safe.

From: Elder Abuse: Know the Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Elder Abuse: Definitions," “Understanding Elder Abuse Fact Sheet.”

National Council on Aging: "Elder Abuse Facts."

American Psychological Association: "Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search for Solutions."

National Institute on Aging: "Elder Abuse."

Health in Aging: "Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults."

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: "What Is Elder Abuse?" "Sexual Abuse," "Financial Abuse," "Physical Abuse," "Psychological Abuse," "Neglect and Self-Neglect."

National Institute of Justice: "Elder Abuse."

Administration on Aging: "What Is Elder Abuse," "What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Elder Abuse: Definitions," “Understanding Elder Abuse Fact Sheet.”

National Council on Aging: "Elder Abuse Facts."

American Psychological Association: "Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search for Solutions."

National Institute on Aging: "Elder Abuse."

Health in Aging: "Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect in Older Adults."

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: "What Is Elder Abuse?" "Sexual Abuse," "Financial Abuse," "Physical Abuse," "Psychological Abuse," "Neglect and Self-Neglect."

National Institute of Justice: "Elder Abuse."

Administration on Aging: "What Is Elder Abuse," "What If I Suspect Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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