Elder abuse and exploitation have a significant impact on older adults who experience it, including an increased risk for death, worsening of chronic illness, increased likelihood of hospitalization and placement in a nursing home, as well as increased rates of depression, anxiety, among other consequences.
Legal justice can be helpful to restoring a sense of personal security and reclaiming dignity for the survivor of the abuse. By taking the time to learn about elder abuse, you’re doing your part to end elder abuse and exploitation.
In this interview, Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, is on the podcast discussing:
- The impact of elder abuse on older adults
- Barriers to reporting elder abuse cases
- Recommendations to improving elder abuse reporting system
- Common elder abuse cases
- Recommendations for mandated reporters
- Recommendations for loved one’s concerned about an older adult
About Page Ulrey
Page Ulrey is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. She graduated from Amherst College and Northeastern University School of Law. She began her career at the King County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998, and in 2001 was appointed to the newly-created position of elder abuse prosecutor in the Criminal Division. In that position, she prosecutes cases of elder and vulnerable adult neglect, financial exploitation, sexual assault, physical assault, and homicide. Page conducts training and curriculum development on elder abuse prosecution and investigation around the country and internationally. She has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and has twice spoken at White House conferences on Elder Justice.
Where to Report Elder Abuse
If you suspect abuse, you can do something about it. First, recognize and acknowledge the signs, then report the situation so it can be investigated. Here’s how:
- For imminent risk or harm, call 911
- File a report with the Division of Aging Services’ Adult Protective Services at 1-866-552-4464
- For older adults in Assisted Living, Senior Living, Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes, etc, the DCH Health Care Facilities Regulation at 1-800-878-6442
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Find your local Ombudsman by calling your local Area Agency on Aging.
- Call the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 1-866-552-4464
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Legal Services Corporation an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans
- Your local Area Agency on Aging can point you in the direction of Elder Care Attorneys
Related Elder Abuse Episodes:
- Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Reporting Resources
- Elder Financial Abuse by Family Members: Schottenstein Family Story
- Preventing Elder Financial Abuse & Exploitation
- Legal Justice for Seniors: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation
- National Center on Elder Abuse, Research, Statistics, & Data, Retrieved on June 22, 2021 from: https://ncea.acl.gov/What-We-Do/Research/Statistics-and-Data.aspx
- Lachs MS, Williams CS, O’Brien S, Pillemer KA, Charlson ME. The Mortality of Elder Mistreatment. JAMA. 1998;280(5):428–432. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.428 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/187817