The Area Agency on Aging services north central Ohio.

ONTARIO – June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of this often-hidden epidemic.

This day was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

Elder abuse is a largely hidden and growing problem in our communities and in the United States. It is an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes harm to an adult 60 years and older.

There are many types of abuse including physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, sexual abuse, financial abuse and neglect, exploitation, and health care fraud.

Most victims are women, but some are men. Common targets are older individuals who do not have a strong support system and may have disabilities, memory problems or dementia.

Learn the signs of elder abuse and know what to do if you suspect someone you know is being abused, neglected, or exploited. Potential signs of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation include the following:

Signs of physical harm

Sudden behavioral changes

A caregiver who refuses to allow visitors to see the adult alone

Hazardous or unsanitary living conditions

Dehydration, malnutrition, or poor personal hygiene

Previously uninvolved relatives showing a sudden interest in the adult’s affairs and possessions

Unexplained, sudden transfers of assets or finances to an individual

Unexplained disappearances of funds or valuable possessions

Abrupt changes in a will, financial documents, bank accounts, or banking practice

Follow our Facebook page for more information on Elder Abuse and upcoming Cryptocurrency Scams and Elder Financial Exploitation events. If you suspect elder abuse, contact local law enforcement or your county Department of Job and Family Services.

Older Ohioans who could use support to continue living safely in their communities can contact the Area Agency on Aging at 419-524-4144 for more information about connecting to community-based services and supports to maintain or increase their independence. 

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.

Adult Protective Services contact numbers:

Ashland County: 419-282-5000

Crawford County: 567-393-4729

Huron County: 419-668-8126

Knox County: 740-397-7177

Marion County: 740-223-1919

Morrow County: 419-947-9111

Richland County: 419-774-5473

Seneca County: 419-447-5011

Wyandot County: 419-617-0855

For online referrals in the state of Ohio visit

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