Elder abuse is more common than we want to think. Elders are often more dependent, more isolated, may have difficulty understanding and communicating, and this makes them an easy target of abuse. LGBT elders may further suffer abuse because of sexual and/or gender identities and expression. Sadly, abusers may be family, caregivers, employees, friends and/or neighbors. If you are an elder experiencing abuse or if you suspect that an elder is being abused, please go to the list of numbers that we provide below – and GET HELP.
Elder abuse takes many forms:
• Physical attacks, e.g., hitting, pushing
• Verbal/emotional abuse, e.g, name calling, intimidating, criticizing
• Neglect, e.g., denying medications, not feeding or bathing, being left alone, isolating, unreasonable confinement
• Exploitation, e.g., stealing money, jewelry, credit cards, persuading or forcing an elder to sign papers that gives the abuser power of attorney, ownership of home, access to bank accounts
• Sexual abuse or sexual assault
The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Aging Elder Care Resource For Interprofessional Providers offers highly informative fact sheets on elder abuse and much more.
»View UA Center for Aging fact sheet: Elder Abuse Clinician Reporting
Where to find help:
- If you are in immediate danger: CALL 911.
- Administration of Resources and Choices (ARC)
Services for older adults, including domestic violence and emergency shelter.
Crisis Line: 520-339-2801
- Adult Protective Services in Arizona
Crisis Line: 877-767-2385
OR go to their website and fill out the APS report online.
- SAAF Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
Serving LGBTQIA survivors of abuse and violence.
24 hour Crisis Line: 520-624-0348 (BILINGUAL)
- EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse
24 hour Crisis Line: 520-795-4266 (BILINGUAL)
OR 888-428-0101 (toll free)
- Pima Council On Aging (PCOA)
- Southern Arizona Senior Pride (SASP) (this is us!)
520-312-8923 OR email us.