MEAPA® is an organization that promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of elder abuse and late-life domestic violence in Maricopa County, Arizona. Our organization has a no-cost membership which includes bi-monthly meetings with guest speakers, sub-committees and program reports, and networking opportunities.
What is Elder Abuse?
- Physical Abuse: Any intentional infliction of physical harm; injury caused by negligent acts or omissions; unreasonable confinement such as a physical restraint.
- Emotional/Psychological Abuse: Any pattern of ridiculing or demeaning the vulnerable adult. It includes verbally harassing, intimidating, making threats or humiliating the older adult.
- Sexual Abuse: Any kind of non-consensual sexual contact.
- Neglect: Any pattern of conduct without the person’s informed consent resulting in deprivation of items necessary for maintaining minimum physical or mental health.
- Self-neglect: Any behavior that threatens one’s own health or safety.
- Financial Exploitation: Any illegal or improper use of an incapacitated or vulnerable adult’s property or financial resources.
- Medical: Any pattern of withholding medication or over-medicating; not following doctor’s recommendation.
Who is At Risk?
People who abuse and exploit the elderly do not discriminate. Their abuse affects people in every segment of society; people of all ethnic and social backgrounds, both men and women. An elder abuse victim may be your neighbor, friend, or family member. It is estimated that only one in every 14 cases of elder abuse is reported.
Contact MEAPA Today
If you suspect someone you know is the victim of abuse, you can help by reporting. Reporting elder abuse gives victims the opportunity to receive the help they need to stop the abuse and reduce the risk of future abuse. Interested in learning about what you can do to be more aware and prevent Elder Abuse? You can be the person to change lives. Please call the Senior HELP LINE at (602) 264-4357 for more information.