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Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is the physical, emotional, sexual, or financial mistreatment of a senior citizen who is unable to care for him or herself. While not all states have laws specifically addressing elder abuse, most offer adult protective services for older adults who suffer from abuse, neglect or self-abuse. While many of the elder abuse cases reported to authorities happen in nursing homes, family members often are the culprits. The following resources cover the basics of elder abuse and the various different kinds of abuse, as well as a list of warning signs and how to report elder abuse.