NCPEA - National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Elder Care

Elder Abuse and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse has been identified as the most frequently cited risk factor associated with elder abuse and neglect. It may be the victim and/or the perpetrator who has the substance abuse problem. Substance abuse is believed to be a factor in all types of elder abuse, including physical mistreatment, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. It is also a significant factor in self-neglect.

Researchers and practitioners have observed the following patterns with respect to perpetrators of elder abuse who abuse drugs or alcohol:

They have observed the following patterns with respect to victims who abuse drugs or alcohol:

Resources for learning more about the relationship between substance abuse and elder abuse: