Updated Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
A Citizen’s Guide to Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse – A handbook about preventing and reporting elder abuse from the California Office of the Attorney General
CANHR’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS): (800) 474-1116 or www.canhr.org/LRS/index.html
California State Bar Association: (800) 843-9053 or www.calbar.ca.gov
California Attorney General – website contains key resources on elder abuse at http://caag.state.ca.us.
California law online access – www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
State & Federal Government Departments
Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse: (800) 722-0432 or http://caag.state.ca.us/bmfea/index.htm
Adult Protective Services: California Department of Social Services Web site at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Adult-Protective-Services
Department of Public Health (DHP), Licensing and Certification: www.dhs.ca.gov/LNC/
Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing: http://ccld.ca.gov/
State Insurance Commissioner’s Office: (800) 927-4357 or www.insurance.ca.gov
California Department of Real Estate at http://www.dre.ca.gov/cons_complaint.html/
Medicare Fraud: (800) 447-8477 or www.medicare.gov/FraudAbuse/Overview.asp
Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 or through the FTC’s website at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) at www.gao.gov has reports and studies on nursing homes.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR): (415) 974-5171 & (800) 474-1116 or www.canhr.org
Long Term Care Ombudsman: (800) 231-4024 or at www.aging.ca.gov/programs/ombudsman.asp
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP): (800) 434-0222 or www.cahealthadvocates.org
California Senior Medicare Patrol at (714) 560-0309 or www.cahealthadvocates.org/fraud/index.html
National Center on Elder Abuse: (800) 677-1116 or www.ncea.aoa.gov has background information on elder abuse issues, studies, and resources.
Elder Financial Protection Network: www.bewiseonline.org/
RESEARCH, STUDIES AND REPORTS
Changes in cognitive abilities coupled with the fear of outliving resources make seniors prime targets for financial abuse.
– Prevalence of Cognitive Impairment without Dementia in the United States (Duke University)
– The Orbitofrontal Cortex, Real-World Decision Making, and Normal Aging (University of Iowa)
Elder Financial Abuse Studies and Reports
– Examining Faulty Foundations in Today’s Reverse Mortgages (Consumers Union of U.S., CANHR, & Fair Lending Project for Seniors Council on Aging Silicon Valley – December 2010)
– Ethical Concerns in Addressing Elder Abuse – Respecting Autonomy and Self-Determination while Providing Protection (National Center on Elder Abuse Administration on Aging Report – December 2004)
– Report on States’ Adult Protective Services Responses to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults (National Adult Protective Services Association – July 2003)