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Up to 5 million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.6 billion.

Elder abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and—in some cases—costs them their lives.

With the Elder Justice Coalition and WITNESS, we conducted Elder Justice Now, a video advocacy campaign that put a face on elder abuse and the need for Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act.

In 2010, the act was passed as part of health reform, but it has yet to be fully funded, and a number of bills are still needed to support national, comprehensive protection of abuse.
 
We're working to advance legislation that:

  • Funds the Elder Justice Act and elder abuse protections of the Older Americans Act
  • Promotes senior financial empowerment and protections
  • Expands elder abuse research and training for law enforcement
  • Enhances elder justice capacity at the Department of Justice
  • Creates Silver Alert plans nationwide

We also advocated for the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans, and we support its efforts to monitor, prevent, and inform consumers and industry about financial exploitation. 

And we’re educating older adults about how they can protect themselves from financial scams through our Savvy Saving Seniors® program.

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Suspect Abuse?

If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, find your state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) or contact the Eldercare Locator online or at 1-800-677-1116. If someone is in immediate danger, please call 911 or the local police for immediate help.

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