Help us pull back the curtain on elder abuse and neglect
Mesa County, CO--- Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) receives an average of over 70 new adult protection referrals each month. Victims of adult abuse or neglect are at-risk adults age 18 or over who are unable to protect themselves due to age or disability. These individuals are sometimes not aware of the resources in our community and often have no one else to protect them.
Approximately 46% of the victims are over 70 years old and are physically impaired or have some form of dementia. The younger at-risk adult victims are persons with physical or mental disabilities. Abuse, exploitation and neglect are caused by a member of the victim’s own family in a large percentage of cases. These residents are often vulnerable to assault, burglary, fraud and other crimes because they cannot provide for their own care and protection.
The Mesa County Department of Human Services is committed to advocating for people’s rights. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are vital members of our families, our society, and our community. Colorado is a Mandatory Reporting state. Historically, 1 in 5 cases of adult abuse are actually reported. Adult abuse encompasses many different types of harms and can occur in a community, home or institutional settings. Mandatory Reporting over the past 4 years has increased the number of referrals and has provided greater safety for the older adults in our community.
For more information on suspected adult abuse and neglect please visit www.humanservices.mesacounty.us or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888, option 2. Callers can remain anonymous if they so chose.