This month is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Alameda County has an array of legal services available to help older citizens deal with situations in which they may have been taken advantage of due to physical, emotional, or mental infirmities.
Information on resources
During the month of June, staff from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Elder Abuses Unit, as well as, Victim-Witness Assistance Division will be traveling throughout the county to raise awareness of this issue. A schedule of visits to local city council meetings is available HERE. The representatives will be available to answer questions and provide further information about how the District Attorney’s Office can help with concerns in this area.
The Alameda County Superior Court has special court services available to assist older citizens seeking to protect their legal interests and navigate the court system – including obtaining a restraining order. Information on the Elder Dependent Adult Access Program is available HERE.
A flyer, Protecting the Elderly from Abuse, with the contact information for many county social service resources is available in multiple languages. Links are provided below:
Alameda County Law Library has the title, Elder Abuse Litigation by Russell S. Balisok, available on Westlaw. Also in the collection is – Judges Guide: Abuse in Later Life published by Judicial Council of California (KFC 604 .J83 2016).
Many elderly victims are unable to access services or assert their rights. If others see something suspicious, or an elder who appears neglected or abused, the District Attorney’s Office encourages anyone to contact Alameda Adult Protective Services (APS) immediately at 1-866-225-5277.
More information on special services available to help those individuals in this special segment of our community is available from the District Attorney’s website. Information includes clues to help identify some of the symptoms of abuse:
- Not being given the opportunity to speak for self in presence of caregiver
- Caregiver is too aggressive with individual
- Caregiver has problems with alcohol/drugs
- Caregiver tells the elderly individual that he/she is the only one who cares about the person
- Caregiver lies to others about how injuries occurred
- Uncomfortable behavior by a caregiver towards individual
- Caregiver using your money for their benefit. Repeatedly pressuring individual for money or power of attorney