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What is Elder Justice?
What is Maltreatment?

Physical Abuse

“the knowing infliction of physical or psychological harm or the knowing deprivation of goods or services that are necessary to meet essential needs or to avoid physical or psychological harm.”


“(A) the failure of a caregiver or fiduciary to provide the goods or services that are necessary to maintain the health or safely of an elder; or ”(B) self-neglect."

Financial Exploitation

“the fraudulent or otherwise illegal, unauthorized, or improper act or process of an individual, including a caregiver or fiduciary, that uses the resources of an elder for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain, or that results in depriving an elder of rightful access to, or use of, benefits, resources, belongings, or assets.”


“an adult's inability, due to physical or mental impairment or diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care tasks including - (A) obtaining essential food, clothing, shelter, and medical care; (B) obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, or general safety; or (C) managing one's own financial affairs.”

Scams and Frauds

“an act targeting older adults in which attempts are made to deceive with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. This differs from financial exploitation carried out by a relative or other known and trusted person, and may include robocalls and online scams.”