Abuse / Neglect / Exploitation




Every year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused in their own homes, in the homes of relatives and in facilities responsible for their care.

What should you do if you suspect that an elderly person is being physically or emotionally harmed by a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially?


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By learning the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and what to do on behalf of an elderly person who is being abused, you’ll be helping someone else while at the same time strengthening your own defenses against elder abuse in the future.

Learn to recognize the types, signs and symptoms of elder abuse; how to help victims of elder abuse, and how to prevent abuse from occurring.


The following links provide useful information for anyone who suspects abuse, neglect or exploitation of an elderly person.



Florida Statute 415 Adult Protective Services reads in part:


Anyone who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect that a vulnerable adult has been or is being abused, neglected or exploited shall immediately report such knowledge or suspicion to the 

Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873 (Telephone Device for the Deaf: 1-800-453-5145)

For online reporting go to https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/



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Additional Resources:

•National Center on Elder Abuse (elder abuse information and resources): www.ncea.aoa.gov
•Elder Justice Coalition (current elder justice developments in DC): www.elderjusticecoalition.com
•Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans
•NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse: www.preventelderabuse.org
•NAPSA - National Adult Protective Services Association: www.napsa-now.org
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