Elder Abuse: Prevention Strategies

Elder Abuse Risk and Protective Factors

Elder abuse is a serious problem that can have harmful effects on victims.

The goal for elder abuse prevention is to stop it from happening in the first place. However, the solutions are as complex as the problem. In order to prevent elder abuse, we must understand and address risk and protective factors at the individual, relational, community, and societal levels

Knowledge about what works to prevent elder abuse is growing. However, most prevention strategies and practices have not yet been rigorously evaluated to determine their effectiveness. In the absence of proven prevention strategies, program planners may consider the following sources to strengthen their approach.

Prevention Principles

See Elder Abuse Resources for more resources about elder abuse prevention.