Under California law, elder abuse is the neglect, exploitation or painful or harmful mistreatment of a person age 65 or older (or a dependent adult, 18-64, who is physically or mentally impaired) by any person, group, organization or enterprise. This includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, isolation and financial abuse.
Elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their living situation or status. While elder abuse is sometimes perpetrated by a stranger, it is a disturbing fact that often a senior’s family member, friend or caretaker is responsible. For this reason, it can be difficult to detect and when discovered, hard to accept.