Preventing elder abuse

What can you do to help fight elder abuse?

Recognize these warning signs:

  • Sudden, unexplained changes in spending behavior, work with financial documents, level of care, cessation of bill payments, appearance or other alarming behavior.
  • Isolation or cessation from attending social events, outdoor areas, grocery shopping, etc.
  • Funds go missing.
  • New people involved in an elder’s life, especially those who have financial interest.

Help a loved one with these simple measures:

  • Request a free credit report.
  • Remove name from direct mailing lists and telemarketing lists.
  • Avoid posting any private information.
  • Remove the names of deceased family from mailing lists.
  • Opt out of pre-approved credit offers.
  • Remove email address from Internet or email ads.

Learn more about scams targeting seniors.

Look out for these common scams:

  • Funeral home and/or cemetery scams
  • Fake charities
  • Someone with a sudden romantic interest
  • Home improvement scams
  • Investment schemes
  • Reverse mortgage schemes
  • Sweepstakes and/or lottery scams


  • Kentucky is a mandatory reporting state, with very few exceptions.
  • You can call Adult Protective Services anonymously to report suspicious behavior

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