Elder Abuse

Unfortunately, elder abuse is common. 1 in 10 people aged 60 and older who live at home experience abuse, including neglect and exploitation.

Elder abuse is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. An older adult is someone 60 years of age or older. Caregivers or a person the elder trusts are often the abusers.

Common types of elder abuse and neglect

Such as hitting, kicking, pushing, burning, or other intentional physical force against an elder.

Such as behaviors that inflict fear, mental pain, or distress like humiliation, threats, isolation, harassment, and threats.

Such as behaviors that fail to meet the elder’s basic needs including housing, food, clothing, hygiene, and access to medical care.

Such as illegally, improperly, or without the elder’s authorized use of their money, property, or assets.

Safety Planning

Every situation that involves elder abuse is different, and every elder responds differently. We can work alongside survivors on individualized, careful planning and ongoing evaluation of changing risks, level of external support, resources, and the options of safe pathways toward safety and healing.

If elder abuse has happened or you are worried about an elder’s safety, you can:

  • Call or Text 911
  • Call the Oklahoma Vulnerable Adult Abuse Reporting Hotline
  • Get support and services by visiting Cardinal Point, calling or using our online chat feature.

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