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Elder Justice

Millions of older Americans experience abuse, neglect, exploitation, or discrimination each year. Take steps to protect your physical, mental, and financial security.

Fraud Prevention

10% of elders report mistreatment in the past year. 14% of elders were fraud victims in the past year.

Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation
Find resources to protect yourself from financial fraud and report suspected cases of fraud.

Report Medicare Fraud and Abuse
Know the difference between fraud and abuse, and see examples of Medicare fraud.  

Common Medicare Scams and Identity Theft
Learn how to protect yourself and the things to be suspicious of when dealing with doctors, health care providers, or suppliers.

Senior Medicare Patrol
Senior Medicare Patrols empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. 

Elder Abuse

Learn How to Stop Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse  is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.

Elder Abuse Prevention
Examples from the CDC of elder abuse, consequences, and prevention strategies.

FAQs about Elder Abuse
HHS provides instructions on recognizing elder abuse and how to report it.

Get Help from the National Center on Elder Abuse
Common scenarios of elder abuse and resources to get the right kind of help. 

Elder Justice Initiative
Support for victims and families from the United States Department of Justice.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult care facilities.

Identifying Financial Scams

Money Smart for Older Adults
This program provides awareness on the topic of preventing financial exploitation.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
This step-by-step guide from the FTC can help you combat and respond to identity theft.

Pocket Cents 
The National Credit Union Administration provides Pocket Cents, a resource helping seniors recognize and prevent elder financial abuse.

Financial Protection for Older Americans
The Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans provides tools to navigate safely through financial challenges.

What to Know and Do About Scams in the News
Stay ahead of scammers with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency.

Pass It On
Information on how to recognize and avoid being scammed.

Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts
The IRS gives detailed examples of different scams to help you avoid being misled.

Discrimination & Legal Assistance

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
This U.S. Act prohibits employment discrimination against persons 40 years of age or older.

Discrimination on the Basis of Age
Learn more about your rights under the Age Discrimination Act and file a complaint if you believe your rights have been violated.

Legal Assistance
Legal assistance and elder rights programs work in conjunction with other Administration on Aging programs and services to maximize the independence, autonomy and well-being of older persons.

Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals
Get assistance in filing a Medicare claims appeal.

Housing Issues

Mortgage Relief Scams
Guidance from the FTC on mortgage relief scams.

Senior Housing: What You Should Know
Equal opportunity housing information.

Reverse Mortgages for Seniors
Learn about the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage—the only reverse mortgage insured by the U.S. Federal Government—as well as other Reverse Mortgages.

Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)
Content last reviewed on November 24, 2015