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Elder Abuse Awareness

Serving Families Throughout Jacksonville
Elder Abuse

Every year, hundreds of thousands of older adults, aged 60 and above, fall victim to a silent epidemic: elder abuse. June is designated Elder Abuse Awareness Month, so we thought we’d give you a brief reminder of what to look for and what to do if you suspect someone you care about is experiencing neglect or abuse, either at home or in a care facility.

What Constitutes Elder Abuse

Elder abuse or neglect happens when a caregiver – either an individual or an organization – does not provide necessary protection and services to an eligible adult. Elder Abuse can have devastating consequences for its victims, eroding their health, dignity, and quality of life. Examples of elder abuse are:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Neglect by others
  • Abandonment

Seeking Help

If you suspect elder abuse is happening to you or someone you love, or you think you need additional assistance, here are some resources you can turn to for help:

As human beings it is our duty to protect and advocate for older adults. They deserve to age with dignity, respect, and safety.