Abuse & Violence:
Where to Find HELP

Elder abuse is more common than we want to think. Elders are often more dependent, more isolated, may have difficulty understanding and communicating, and this makes them an easy target of abuse. LGBT elders may further suffer abuse because of sexual and/or gender identities and expression. Sadly, abusers may be family, caregivers, employees, friends and/or neighbors. If you are an elder experiencing abuse or if you suspect that an elder is being abused, please go to the list of numbers that we provide below – and GET HELP.

Elder abuse takes many forms:
• Physical attacks, e.g., hitting, pushing
• Verbal/emotional abuse, e.g, name calling, intimidating, criticizing
• Neglect, e.g., denying medications, not feeding or bathing, being left alone, isolating, unreasonable confinement
• Exploitation, e.g., stealing money, jewelry, credit cards, persuading or forcing an elder to sign papers that gives the abuser power of attorney, ownership of home, access to bank accounts
• Sexual abuse or sexual assault

The University of Arizona Center on Aging offers highly informative fact sheets on elder abuse (and much more!):
Elder Abuse fact sheet for Providers
Elder Abuse fact sheet for Care Partners

Where to find help:

»See our printable FLYER.