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How to find help responding to elder financial abuse

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Local and state resources

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Adult Protective Services (APS)

Find state or local agencies that receive and investigate reports of suspected elder or vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation through the national Eldercare Locator. The National Adult Protective Services Association also lists contact information for APS offices by state. 

Visit Eldercare Locator

Call 800-677-1116

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Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Center (AAA/ADRC)

Find local agencies that provide information about aging and disability services, including resources for caregivers, through the national Eldercare Locator. 

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Call 800-677-1116

Elder care mediation

Search for mediators who can help find solutions to disagreements among family members and other individuals about caregiving and finances.  

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Long-term care ombudsman program

The National Long-term Care Ombudsman Resource Center has detailed information about ombudsman roles and programs. You can also find state and local long-term care ombudsman programs through the national Eldercare Locator. 

Visit LTC Ombudsman Resource Center

Call 202-332-2275

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Police or sheriff

The National Neighborhood Watch has a search tool you can use to find your local law enforcement agency. You can also check your local directory or search online.  

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State attorney general

Find your state attorney general on the National Association of Attorneys General website.  

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Legal help

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Free legal services for people over age 60

Find local programs that provide free legal help to people over age 60 through the national Eldercare Locator. 

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Call 800-677-1116

Free legal services for people with low income

Find local programs that provide free legal help to lower-income individuals on the Legal Services Corporation website. 

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Private or fee-for-service lawyers

Find a lawyer in any state using the American Bar Association’s website. 

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Information on laws about elder financial abuse

The U.S. Department of Justice provides an overview of state civil and criminal laws about elder financial abuse.  

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Information on legal issues affecting people living in nursing homes and assisted living communities

The National Center on Law & Elder Rights has information on legal assistance, financial security, guardianship, decision-making capacity, and other topics. 

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Benefits

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Help finding benefits

BenefitsCheckUp, a free service from the National Council on Aging, helps adults age 55+ identify benefits that could save them money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. 

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Medicaid/medical assistance

Find a listing of state agencies that provide Medicaid or medical assistance on the federal Benefits.gov website. 

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Social Security

Find information about Social Security benefits, appeals, and representative payees. 

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Veterans benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides information about eligibility, health and long-term care benefits, and in-home care for veterans. 

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Help from federal agencies

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Federal Trade Commission

The FTC has information about identifying and reporting fraud and scams.  

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Report fraud or scams  

Internet crimes

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has a tip sheet on international internet scams and accepts complaints about online crime. 

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Download tip sheet  

Scams by mail

Contact the United States Postal Inspection Service about any scams that use the U.S. mail service. 

Report mail scams

Call 877-876-2455

Social Security scams

Report stolen Social Security numbers or Social Security scams online or to the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline. 

Report scams

Call 800-269-0271

U.S. Department of Justice

Find other types of support in your state or community for people experiencing elder abuse. 

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Other resources

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Resources for health care and long-term care professionals

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) provides links to information and resources to help identify elder fraud and financial abuse, including a screening tool for clinicians. 

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Elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation

The National Center on Elder Abuse has research, training, and resources to help prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. 

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National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative

This program works to prevent and identify abuse of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian older adults. 

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