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​​​The Older Americans Act of 1965 states as one of its 10 objectives that “the older people of our Nation are entitled to…freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives, full participation in the planning and operation of community-based services and programs provided for their benefit, and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” (Title I, Section 101, objective 10).​

On this page you can find tools for carrying out this objective for all Oregon adults.

What is a​dult abuse?

Adult abuse is the abuse of any older adult aged 65 and over and adults with developmental or physical disabilities or mental illness under the age of 65.

Adult abuse prevention programs

Oregon Department of Justice - Consumer Protection and Financial Fraud
The Consumer Protection section of the Oregon Department of Justice receives consumer complaints to identify and eliminate threats to Oregon consumers. A consumer complaint form can be found on their website​. 

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an independent state agency providing advocacy and complaint investigation for Oregon’s citizens living in nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult foster care homes.

Oregon Senior Health In​surance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA)
SHIBA provides free services to educate, assist, and serve as advocates for Oregonians with Medicare.​ SHIBA volunteers help people with Medicare understand their rights and options in health insurance so that they can make informed choices.​​​

Re​port ​a​​buse or neglect​

If you suspect abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of an older adult or an adult with physical disabilities,​ report the abuse or neglect to the Oregon Department of Human Services office in your area.

To report abuse call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)

Also see: Guardianship and other options in Oregon to help another person make decisions

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