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What is Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse?

As with other forms of abuse, the abuse of older individuals and dependent adults involves tactics of power and control. These acts fall into the categories of physical, psychological, financial, and neglect. The abuse of any person aged 65 or older is considered to be elder abuse while the abuse of a dependent adult between 18 and 64 years of age is considered to be dependent adult abuse. Older and dependent adults experience crimes that can happen to anyone, but crimes against these groups have harsher penalties. (The State Bar of California, 2007)[1]

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[1] The State Bar of California. (2007). What Should I Know About Elder Abuse? (pamphlet).