Elder Abuse

Elder abuse

How to Get Help — For Yourself or a Loved One

Find resources and supports in your community
Worried About Elder Abuse?


Elder abuse tragically impacts many adults aged 60 and older in New York State. It is estimated that 300,000 older New Yorkers are victimized annually. The resources and links on this page will help you find help if you are a victim or suspect abuse of an older person in your life. 

When You — Or Someone You Know — is Being Abused

The community is an important set of eyes and ears. It is critical for family, caregivers, health practitioners, friends, and neighbors to look out for vulnerable older adults.

If you suspect someone is a victim of elder abuse, call the NYS Adult Protective Services Helpline at 1-844-697-3505 (8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday).

For emergencies that require immediate attention, call 9-1-1.
Know It When You See It
Types of Elder Abuse

Physical abuse  

Emotional abuse  

Sexual abuse  

Financial exploitation  

Neglect (including self-neglect)

Signs of Elder Abuse

Bruises, burns, scars, poor hygiene.  

Changes in banking/spending.  

Depression, confusion, acting withdrawn.  

Isolation from friends, family.  

Seeming underfed, dehydrated, overmedicated, under-medicated.  

Lack of needed medical care.


Who is at risk of Elder Abuse?

Abuse can happen to any older person — at home, at a relative’s home, or in an eldercare facility.


Elder abuse is found in all communities.


Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other neuro-cognitive impairments are at a greater risk.


Informal caregivers and family/friends are most often the perpetrators.


Program Information and Resources for Professionals

Learn more about some of the programs funded by NYSOFA at the community or regional levels to address elder abuse and educate the public.