NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care

Concerned Citizens

What role can concerned citizens play in preventing elder abuse?

Concerned citizens can play a fundamental role by providing a link between the service network and those in need. They can help spread the word about the problem, advocate for needed policy and reform, and volunteer to provide critical assistance to vulnerable persons and the agencies that serve them.

Specifically they can:

How can concerned citizens get involved?

Join a coalition. Some communities have coalitions, committees, or councils that welcome concerned citizens. For information on elder abuse coalitions in your community, contact your local senior information and referral telephone line. To get the number, contact the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116.

Spread the word. Arrange for or make presentations on elder abuse at churches or synagogues, meetings of civic organizations, clubs, or professional associations.

Advocate. After you have learned about abuse and your community's needs, share your knowledge and concerns with your elected officials. Policy makers are particularly receptive to hearing about problems from their constituents.

Become a volunteer. There are numerous volunteer opportunities for concerned citizens. These include:

For information on volunteer opportunities in your community, contact your local senior information and referral telephone line. To get the number, contact the Eldercare Locator (800) 677-1116.

What resources are available?