About the Issues
According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans age 60 or over has experienced some form of elder abuse, but studies estimate that only 1 in 14 cases are reported to authorities.
As the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative research has found, this number is likely an underestimate because many victims are unable or afraid to report to report the abuse, or are not sure who to turn to for help. According to some studies, financial exploitation of older Americans is among the most common forms, and the increasing sophistication of scams and fraud targeting older people is exacerbating this issue.
Meaningful and timely access to legal interventions can help break the cycle of abuse, regain stability for the affected individual, and protect them from abuse in future. Watch our Aging Safely webinar series for more information about how legal services can be a crucial component of elder care, and to learn about new technology-supported strategies to help better identify, respond to and remedy elder abuse and financial exploitation.
Visit the sections below for links to additional resources and information on elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation from leading sources.
Resources to Learn About the Issues
Resources to learn more about elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation
- The National Center on Elder Abuse
- Institute on Aging Elder Abuse Prevention Program
- National Center on Law and Elder Rights
- USC Center on Elder Abuse and Mistreatment
- National Clearinghouse on Abuse Later in Life (NCALL)
- Elder Financial Exploitation: Why it is a concern, what regulators are doing about it, and looking ahead (links to PDF report from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
Concerned you or a loved one may be a victim of elder abuse?
- If you suspect that you or a loved one may be a victim of elder abuse, please visit the National Center On Elder Abuse "Get Help" section for more information and resources.
- If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder fraud, help is standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline. Call 833–FRAUD–11 or 833–372–8311
- If you are concerned for your safety or at risk of domestic violence, you can also call, text or chat anonymously with the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-2334 TTY
Looking for help with other types of legal issues?
- Visit LawHelp.org to find information about free legal aid programs and legal education resources in all 50 states
- Use the Eldercare Locator to find trusted programs that provide and enhance legal assistance for older adults