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Elder abuse refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by a caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend.
The 1987 Amendment to the Older Americans Act identified three separate categories of elder abuse:
Elder abuse can include:
Abuse of elders is a complex problem with many contributing factors. Risk factors include:
Signs and symptoms of elder abuse vary widely depending on the type of abuse.
If you are worried that someone you know might be a victim of elder abuse, talk to your doctor about what to look for, what the risks are, and what help is available.
To report elder abuse or to get help, call Adult Protection Services (APS) in your state.
Current as of:
March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered NurseKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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