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The signs of elder abuse:


  • Bank withdrawals that are inconsistent with an older person's typical bank activity.
  • New authorized signers on person's accounts, or changes in beneficiaries.
  • Increased activity on credit card accounts.
  • Caregiver, relative or friend showing excessive interest in person's finances or assets, or who doesn't allow an older person to speak for himself or herself.


  • Suspicious bruises or other injuries.
  • Sudden change in behavior. (Person is extremely upset, withdrawn, unresponsive.)

Where to turn for help:

  • The elder care locator (1-800-677-1116), for a referral to a local agency that can help.
  • Your local Adult Protective Services, the government agency responsible for investigating cases, intervening and providing help.

Carole Fleck is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin. Talia Schmidt is a Bulletin intern.

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