Elder Abuse Prevention

Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In fact, abuse has been among the top 10 complaint categories investigated by the DRCOG’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Ombudsman Program in the past five years. To ensure residents who have been abused are supported and protected, our staff works with adult protection, the state health department, law enforcement agencies, attorneys and district attorneys to investigate and resolve these cases. In addition, we sponsor safety seminars and trainings to teach older adults how to avoid scams and report concerns. We also provide elder abuse prevention training to nursing home and assisted living residence staff to help prevent abuse before it starts. 

The AAA sits on all of the adult protection review teams in each of the counties DRCOG serves and attends the Colorado Coalition of Elder Rights and Adult Protection monthly meeting.