Each year, millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, and exploited. In Massachusetts, elder abuse reports have increased by 37 percent since 2011, with more than 1,000 additional cases reported in each of the past five years. In 2016 alone, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs recorded nearly 25,000 cases.

As part of our mission, Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) is dedicated to combating the incidence of elder abuse in Massachusetts. In doing so, we have dedicated resources to the creation of a center for the prevention of elder abuse and neglect.

Plans for the new center include offering short-term care and shelter within existing HSL communities to seniors who are suffering from abuse or neglect, along with access to legal, financial, mental health and other needed support services. In addition, the center is collaborating with community partners to educate the public and build awareness of this growing problem, and to offer training and screening tools for health care and other service professionals who interact frequently with seniors and serve as a resource to identify signs of elder abuse.

If you feel that you or someone you know may be a victim of elder abuse, please call this 24-hour, toll free, elder abuse hotline at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs at (800) 922-2275.