Call the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Helpline at 215-765-9040, anytime, 24/7, to report suspected abuse or neglect of a senior in the Philadelphia area. For those outside of Philadelphia, call the national hotline at 1-800-677-1116.

If an elder is at imminent risk, dial 911.


Who is the Abuser?

Adult children are the most frequent abusers of the elderly, followed by spouses. These family members can often be the senior's only source of support, making the victim unable or unwilling to seek help. Other possible abusers include:

  • New friend or relative "calling the shots"
  • Caregiver
  • Power of Attorney
  • Scam artists

Indicators of Abuse

  • Elder is withdrawn or fearful
  • Lack of adequate food and hygiene
  • Bruises, welts, lacerations, scratches, abrasions, scars
  • Bank transactions the elder claims he or she did not make
  • Large withdrawals or transfers conducted by trusted person

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