If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911 for help.
Elder abuse is any action or lack of action done (or not done) on purpose that harms an older adult. The harm can be physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, financial, or some combination of these things. Neglecting an older adult by not doing something can be as abusive as actually hitting or hurting the older adult physically.
A close friend, relative or caregiver may cause elder abuse. It is a controlling behaviour. The person experiencing abuse may not say anything as they may want to protect their children, spouse, other family member or caregiver. But abuse does not stop on its own. It is not healthy for the person causing the harm nor the person experiencing the abuse. If ignored, abuse will likely continue and may even get worse. And no one deserves to be hurt.
In this section, find more information about:
See also these CPLEA resources:
- Legal Info for Senior Albertans tool – learn more about identifying, preventing and dealing with elder abuse
- Elder Abuse Defined fact sheet
- Elder Abuse booklet
- Abuse of Older Adults FAQs
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