Staying Connected During COVID-19

Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, Quarantine, all good ideas to flatten the curve of the coronavirus. But if you are already a socially isolated older adult, already susceptible to fraud or abuse, we need you to be extra vigilant right now. There may be individuals who use this uncertain time as a means to defraud and frighten.

Reach out– Keep in contact with a trusted other, know their phone number and check in with them

· In a life threatening  emergency call 911.

· Contact us at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) for general inquiries and referrals to local reporting resources: 1 (855)-500-3537 (ELDR).

· Contact the Elder Care Locator for home delivered meals and other services near you: 1 (800) 677-1116.

· Contact the National Elder Fraud Hotline if you or someone you know has experienced elder fraud: 1 (833)-732-8311.

· Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

· Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.

· If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Many people are coming together during this national emergency to provide assistance.  We are here to help you.

The NCEA Team 

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.