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National Center on Elder Abuse


National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides the latest information and resources on research, training, policy, and best practices on preventing and responding to elder mistreatment.

What is Elder Abuse? 

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Elder abuse is any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or a trusted person that causes or creates a serious risk of harm to an older adult.

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1 in 10 adults aged 60+ in the U.S. experienced some form of abuse in the prior year.

Types of Elder Abuse

Report Abuse or Neglect


Elder abuse can happen to anyone, at anytime.

Don't stand by, stand up to elder abuse.
You can make a difference.

The NCEA was established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 and granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act. The NCEA is one of 27 AoA-funded Resource Centers. The AoA recognizes that as a government, as a society and as individuals, we must increase our efforts to ensure that all older adults age with dignity and honor.


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There are many ways that social media outlets help people stay in touch, express their views, and keep informed. If preventing elder  abuse is your passion, then keep updated with the NCEA via social media.


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Last Modified: 12/13/2023