If you or a friend 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. Visit our Types of Abuse page for more information about the types of elder abuse.
You may feel the need to protect your children, spouse or other family members, even if they are treating you badly, but abusive behaviour is not healthy for you or for your abuser. No one deserves to be hurt.
A close friend, relative or caregiver often causes elder abuse. It is a controlling behaviour. Abuse does not stop on its own. If ignored, abuse will continue and may even get worse.
For more information on the definition, types, and indicators of elder abuse, see:
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