10 Ways to Help Prevent Elder Abuse

1. Talk

With trusted family members, friends, and professionals to help plan you or a loved one's future

2. Be Cautious

If something doesn't feel right, listen to your gut!

3. Stay Connected

Keep in touch with other regularly

4. Engage

In an activity that you or a loved one enjoys-- or try a new one together!

5. Volunteer

With a local organization that works with seniors (like RSVP/Volunteer Connection) or one that provides services for seniors (like Meals on Wheels)

6. Do a wellness check

Stop by or pick up the phone to see how a neighbor, family member, friend (or even a stranger!) is doing

7. Know the signs

Learn the signs for the different types of elder abuse and tips on how to safely intervene

8. Ask for help

Feeling overwhelmed? There are great community resources to help older adults and caregivers. Try respite care to give yourself a break.

9. Get more information

Contact your local Area Agency on Aging, community organizations, or the National Center on Elder Abuse

10. Report

It's the right thing to do-- and it's easy! If you suspect that you or someone you know is being abused or mistreated, report it to Adult Protective Services.

If the person is in immediate danger, call 911!