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Elder Abuse

Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons across the U.S. are abused, neglected and exploited.  Many victims are frail and vulnerable, cannot help themselves, and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.

Elder abuse can present itself in various forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial or material exploitation, neglect and self-neglect.

If you suspect mistreatment of an older person, you should report it to your local Area Agency on Aging.  For Bucks County residents, the phone numbers are listed below.  Even if you are not sure abuse has occurred, but feel you have a reason to be concerned about the older person’s well-being, you should make the call.  All calls are confidential.

Every Area Agency on Aging you call to report suspected elder abuse has specially trained staff to deal with these situations and to investigate the report.  If you report a suspected case of elder abuse, your name will not be revealed without your permission.  The staff person will contact the older person suspected of being abused.  If abuse has occurred, steps will be taken to advise the older adult of options available, protect the victim, stop the abuse and prevent it from happening again.

If abuse has not occurred, but the older person or family appears to need assistance, the staff person may refer the family to other services available through the Area Agency on Aging or other agencies.

To report suspected elder abuse in Bucks County, call:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
267-880-5700
or
Toll-Free Numbers:
Lower Bucks 
1-888-942-8257 
   
Central Bucks  
215-348-6000  
Upper Bucks
1-888-942-8257 
All Other Times:
1-800-243-3767

 

Area Agency on Aging
Najja R. Orr, Director 
30 E. Oakland Ave. 
Doylestown, Pa. 18901 
Phone: 267-880-5700 
Fax: 215-348-9253 
Email: aging@buckscounty.org