Protect Your Elders

 

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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

 

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