What is Elder Abuse?
Each year hundreds of thousands of elder persons are neglected, exploited, and worse yet..abused! Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help or defend 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 professional care providers.
In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws.