Elder abuse and crimes targeting older people are a real issue that come in many forms, including neglect, physical, financial and sexual abuse. Learn how to stay safe and report suspected abusers.
Statewide elder abuse hotline: (800) 490-8505
Any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned may call the elder abuse hotline. The hotline is open 24 hours a day.
GECAC Erie County Elder Abuse Hotlines:
8AM to 4PM weekedays call (814) 459-4581 ext 400 or 480
After hours you can call (814) 451-1520
If you have concerns about the quality of care an older person is receiving from a facility or a caregiver, please call GECAC/Are Agency On Aging for guidance.
Signs of elder abuse – Although these signs do not always mean elder abuse, it is important to be aware that elder abuse can occur at anytime to anyone:
- Bruises or broken bones
- Weight loss
- Dementia may be blamed on “old age” when the real cause is malnutrition or drug interactions or side effects.
- The older person never goes outside or never sees visitors
- Withdrawing large sums of money from a savings account without apparent reason
- Signing over his or her home to a relative