AG, GBI and PAC Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Monday, June 17th, 2019
Pushing, striking, slapping, pinching or beating
Burning or scalding
Hitting with a hand or instrument
Improper use of restraints or medications
Intentional injuries such as bruising, burns, broken bones or pain
Injuries not consistent with medical diagnosis or explanation
Forcing someone to remain in a bed or chair
Forcing someone to remain in a room (including locking them in)
Threatening someone with violence, nursing home placement, abandonment or neglect
Verbal abuse including: threats, insults, harassment, name calling or intimidating
Isolating from friends, family or activities
Ignoring or excessively criticizing
Making derogatory or slanderous statements
Repeatedly raising the issue of death
Excluding the older person from decision making when he or she is capable and wants to be included
Misuse of financial resources for another’s gain
Missing money or valuables
Credit card charges the individual did not make
Unusual activity in bank accounts, depleted bank accounts
Legal documents (such as will or power of attorney) signed by a person who does not understand what she/he is signing
Checks/documents signed when person cannot write; signatures on checks that don’t resemble the person’s signature
Eviction notice arrives when person thought s/he owned the house
Unpaid bills (rent, utilities, taxes) when someone is supposed to be paying them for the person
To report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of an older adult or disabled adult who lives in a private residence, contact your local police by dialing 911 or contact Adult Protective Services at 1-866-55AGING - Press “3.” Additionally, you can visit www.aging.ga.gov then click the Report Elder Abuse tab.
To report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of an older adult, disabled adult or resident in a facility, contact Healthcare Facility Regulation: 1-800-878-6442.
To access information on long-term supports and services, services in the home and community, or support for individuals and family members who are aging or living with a disability, contact Georgia’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) to locate an office in your area: www.georgiaadrc.com.
To learn more about legal measures, visit the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia’s website: https://pacga.org/.
Look at pages 38 – 39 of the Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults for a full breakdown of resources in Georgia.