County of Marin Health and Human Services

How to Recognize Elder Abuse

Below are possible warning signs of abuse or neglect. If you see signs in someone you know, call the APS Hotline to talk about your concerns with a social worker.

  • Injury that is inconsistent with the explanation for its cause.
  • The elder or dependent adult has recently become confused or disoriented.
  • The caregiver shows anger, indifference, aggressive behavior toward the adult.
  • Personal belongings, papers or credit cards are missing.
  • Hesitation from the adult to talk openly with others.
  • The caregiver has a history of substance abuse, mental illness, criminal behavior or family violence.
  • Lack of necessities, such as food, water, utilities, medications and medical care.
  • Another person's name is added to the client's bank account or important documents, or checks are frequently made out to "Cash."

Learn more about recognizing signs of abuse here.