Preventing Elder Abuse

Learn about resources, like knowing early warning signs and scheduling community presentations, to help prevent elder abuse.

Benefits to Reporting Abuse

There are many benefits to reporting elder abuse, including:

  • The elder or dependent adult will be given options to keep him/her safe from harm;
  • The APS worker can link the client, family to needed community resources;
  • Unaware family members, friends can be alerted to step in to help;
  • The APS worker can find ways to help the caregiver handle stress;
  • In some cases, the abuse perpetrator can be prosecuted, lessening the harm to others; and
  • The reporter feels relief that a professional is assessing the situation.

Early Warning Signs

The following items are possible warning signs that abuse might be occurring to an elder or disabled adult. If you observe some or all of these occurring with an an elder or disabled adult you know, consider alerting Adult Protective Services.

  • Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation for its cause
  • The elder or dependent adult has recently become confused or disoriented
  • The caregiver shows anger, indifference, aggressive behavior toward the person
  • Personal belongings, papers, credit cards are missing
  • Hesitation from the elder to talk openly
  • The caregiver has a history of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior or family violence
  • Lack of necessities, such as food, water, utilities, medications and medical care
  • Another person's name added to the client's bank account or important documents, or frequent checks made out to CASH

Community Presentations

We can provide presentations to community groups and professionals about prevention and reporting of elder abuse. For more information, contact one of the following service providers:

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
1121 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 567-6255
www.apilegaloutreach.org

Institute on Aging
3575 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-4111
www.ioaging.org