What is Elder Abuse?
Intentional mental or physical harm to a person over 60 years of age. It is also depriving an older person of necessary food, shelter, clothing or services.What is Elder Neglect?
When a person who is contractually or legally responsible to provide care to an older person fails to provide necessary food, shelter, clothing or services causing the older person to suffer physical or mental harm.
Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Criminal Isolation of the Elderly
It is a crime to intentionally and maliciously isolate an older person from friends, family and others concerned about the welfare of the older person.
It is not a crime to isolate an older person if the acts are done to protect the property or mental or physical welfare of the older person.
Elder abuse may include financial exploitation, which involves misusing the trust of an older person for financial gain through deception, intimidation or undue influence.
Signs to Watch For
Penalties for Elder Abuse include incarceration for up to 20 years and/or fines of up to $25,000.00
Where to Report Abuse