Any deliberate action or lack of action that causes harm to an older adult is elder abuse. The harm could be physical, emotional, financial or some combination and is often caused by a close friend or relative. Abuse disregards the rights of an individual. Any type of abuse is a violation of an individual’s rights. It is not your fault. It is controlling behaviour.
Elder abuse can take many forms. For more information on the definition, types, and indicators of elder abuse, read CPLEA’s Elder abuse defined fact sheet.
Elder abuse can take many forms. Visit our types of abuse page for more information about the types of elder abuse.