Elder Abuse Resources

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.

Advocacy Organizations

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/


Brain Studies

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)