Elder Abuse & Neglect
Elder Abuse and Neglect is a serious and growing problem. If you suspect that an elder is being abused or is neglecting themselves, a special state agency can help.
You may call the Shrewsbury Council on Aging or fill out our Request Help for a Senior form online, or you may call the Shrewsbury Police at 508-845-1212.
You may also call the Commonwealth's Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-AGE-INFO.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. The specificity of laws varies from state to state, but broadly defined, abuse may be:
What is self-neglect and what are the signs?
Tragically, sometimes elders neglect their own care, which can lead to illness or injury. Self-neglect can include behaviors such as:
Self-neglect accounts for the majority of cases reported to adult protective services. Oftentimes, the problem is paired with:
What are the warning signs of elder abuse?
While 1 sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs that there could be a problem are:
When to Question
Most important is to be alert. The suffering is often in silence. If you notice changes in personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on.
Read our section on family caregivers for more information about how caregivers can prevent elder abuse.