One in 10 adults over age 60 is abused, neglected, or financially exploited.
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GECAC Older Adult Protective Services receives 1,200 reports of abuse in Erie County.
Abuse can happen to anyone—no matter the person's age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background. Each year, more than a thousand adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. This is called elder abuse. Abuse can happen in many places, including the older person's home, a family member's house, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.
Elder abuse will not stop on its own. Someone else needs to step in and help. Many older people are too ashamed to report mistreatment. Or, they're afraid if they make a report it will get back to the abuser and make the situation worse.
Although these signs do not always mean an older adult is being abused, it is important to be aware that elder abuse can occur at any time to anyone over 60 years of age.