Protect yourself from elder abuse

• Take care of your health.

• Seek professional help for depression or alcohol and drug problems (including prescription drugs).

• Learn about domestic violence services in your area.

• Attend support groups.

• Plan your own future. Create a living will to avoid confusion over healthcare decisions should you become incapacitated. Assign power of attorney to someone you can really trust. Seek independent advice before signing any documents.

• Avoid social isolation. Stay active in the community and connected with friends and family.

• Know your rights. If you engage the services of a paid or family caregiver, you have the right to voice your preferences and concerns—and have them respected. If you live in a long term care facility, get the name of your long-term care ombudsman. This person is your primary advocate and has the power to intervene.

• If you think you are being abused or neglected, SPEAK OUT, even if you are not sure. You have a right to question.

NACOG’s Area Agency on Aging                
http://www.nacog.org/aging

Domestic Violence Resources                        
http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/states/azdv.shtml
http://www.ndvh.org/
 
Social Security                                              
http://www.ssa.gov/
 
Legal assistance                                              
http://www.lawforseniors.org/

Veterans Legal assistance                   
http://www.nvlsp.org/

State Bar of Arizona                        
http://www.azbar.org/

Adult protective services (APS)
http://www.egov.azdes.gov/cmsinternet

AHCCCS                                                       
http://www.azahcccs.gov
 
ALTCS                                                          
http://www.ahcccs.state.az.us/Services/Programs/ALTCS.asp
 
Trauma Intervention Program                        
http://www.TIPofAZ.org 
 
Better Business Bureau                                   
http://www.central-northern-western-arizona.bbb.org/
 
Yavapai Family Advocacy Center
http://www.yfac.org 

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