Elder Abuse: Who it affects, why it happens, and how to spot it.

Who Does it Affect?

“Elder abuse”, or the mistreatment of older adults, occurs among people from all income levels and walks of life.  Citizens above age 65 are most susceptible.  It can take the form of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

The perpetrators of financial abuse are typically family members, friends, or trusted advisors that are well aware of the senior’s financial situation.  Someone tries to develop a level of trust with the older adult so they will voluntarily give away their assets.

When and Where Does it Occur?

Many scam artists will surface when they know that someone is more susceptible to being conned.  In many cases, this happens when someone is sick or suffering from a long-term illness.  It can occur in an older adult’s home, assisted living facility, nursing home, over the Internet or by telephone.

Why Does it Happen?

Greed is the biggest reason that this abuse takes place.  In many cases, elder abuse takes place because a senior is confused, fears rejection, is unknowledgeable or too dependent on untrustworthy people.

What to Look Out For:

  • Individuals offering unsolicited services
  • Lottery checks
  • Unusual activity on your bank statement
  • Urgent notice emails from a financial institution
  • Telephone calls/emails/text messages from “Your Bank” asking for personal information
  • Facebook “Friends” who request money
  • Secured Transaction Environment

For more information contact:

Indiana Attorney General

Adult Protective Services