What you can do as a concerned friend or family member

Watch for warning signs that might indicate elder abuse. If you suspect abuse, report it.

Take a look at the elder’s medications. Does the amount in the vial jive with the date of the prescription?

Watch for possible financial abuse. Ask the elder if you may see bank accounts and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions.

Call and visit as often as you can. Help the elder consider you a trusted confidante.

Offer to stay with the elder so the caregiver can have a break—on a regular basis, if possible.