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Senior Safety

Elder abuse

Unfortunately, many of America’s senior citizens are being physically, psychologically or financially exploited—some by strangers, some by acquaintances and some even by their own family members. Gerontologists consider this type of exploitation to be elder abuse.

Elder abuse crosses all social, economic and ethnic lines—any elderly person could become a victim. It is important to become aware of the possibility of elder abuse and to be able to recognize signs that might suggest its occurrence. This awareness will enable us to help neighbors, friends or family members who may be in trouble.


California law mandates elder care custodians, medical and nonmedical practitioners or employees of elder protective agencies to report suspected abuse. Following is a list of agencies you can contact if you are uncertain about reporting suspected abuse:

Remember, one alert person can make a difference.


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