Elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of senior citizens annually.  Seniors can be harmed physically or emotionally by neglectful or overwhelmed caregivers or preyed upon financially by strangers, family, or friends.  As elders become more physically frail, they’re less able to stand up to bullying and or  fight back if attacked. They may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them.

     The first agency to respond to a report of elderly abuse, in most states, is Adult Protective Services (APS). Its role is to investigate abuse cases, intervene, and offer services and advice.  The power and scope of APS varies from state to state. In Michigan, you can call 1-800-996-6228 for reporting elder abuse in the home, in the community, or in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities.