Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

In Colorado, more than 4,000 incidents of adult abuse, exploitation or neglect are reported each year to local county departments of social services and long-term care ombudsmen. Many more go unreported. The victims are at-risk adults age 18 or over who due to age or disability are unable to protect themselves and have no one to protect them. For many, the abuse, exploitation or neglect is caused by a caregiver or a member of their own family. As of July 1, 2014 elder abuse is a mandatory reporting incident in Colorado.

AARP ElderWatch
AARP ElderWatch Project fights the financial exploitation of older Americans in the state of Colorado through collection of data, extensive outreach and education, and the provision of technical assistance.

Adult Protective Services
Adams County – 303-227-2353
Arapahoe County – 303-636-1750
Boulder County – 303-441-1441
Broomfield County – 720-887-2271
Denver County – 720-944-2994
El Paso County – 719-444-5755
Jefferson County – 303-271-4673
Larimer County – 970-498-7770
Mesa County – 970-248-2888
Pueblo County – 719-583-6853
Weld County – 970-352-1551
If you suspect mistreatment or self-neglect of an older adult, you can report it to APS who can intervene on the person’s behalf. To make a report of elder abuse or incapacity, you must call the county department of social services where the individual lives. If you do not live in one of the above listed counties, click here to view a list of all county departments of social services.

Denver Center for Crime Victims – Elderly and Disabled Services
The Elderly and Disabled Program provides crisis intervention and support services to individuals who are disabled and/or 60+ who are victims of crime, from the crisis intervention stage through prosecution and post-trial recovery.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The SEC has many resources to help seniors be sure they are investing wisely, including broker licensure checks, tips on smart investments, how to report fraud and how to protect yourself from scams.