Common Questions

I am worried about an older adult who may be being abused or neglected

Abuse and neglect of older adults, also known as elder abuse or senior abuse, means violence against seniors or mistreatment of seniors, including neglect of seniors who depend on others for care. Abuse or neglect of older adults takes many different forms: physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Other forms are related to giving medication improperly or taking away rights (for example, to privacy, or to make treatment decisions).

Good starting points include:

Need more help?

  • Seniors First BC operates the Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL), a toll-free telephone line for older adults and those who care about them, to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated, or to receive information about elder abuse prevention.
  • Call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 (toll-free). They provide information and referral services to all victims of crime.

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Last reviewed November 2017
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