Elderly folks tend to be more trusting and less informed of the latest scams, making them the perfect target. To learn more about elder abuse, on the national level, two great resources are the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the National Center on Elder Abuse.
In Colorado, there is the Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention.
As well, Colorado has a mandatory reporting law (including financial abuse) for certain categories of professionals and other workers.
Sadly, it is all too common where a family member is committing financial abuse of a parent, grandparent or other senior family member.
While it is encouraged that reporters of elder financial abuse contact local law enforcement, we’ve learned many local law enforcement agencies are unaware of the Colorado financial elder abuse law and are not trained on how to deal with it.
To report elder abuse in Colorado, the first option is to contact the Adult Protective Services (APS) intake office within the county department of human services were the at-risk adult lives. Click anywhere in this sentence for a current list of phone numbers to report elder abuse.
If reporting to the county APS office is not a viable option, contact the District Attorney’s office for the county in which the at-risk adult lives.