Elder Justice Program 

Elder Rights Program

Unfortunately, the elderly are often a target of theft, fraud and abuse.  Our office has taken a no tolerance approach to help curb crimes against the elderly. Through our Elder Rights Program, our office is able to be more effective in preventing and resolving crimes against the older population of Boulder County. 

Abuse Includes the Following

  • Physical abuse/mistreatment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal the emotional abuse
  • Unreasonable confinement or restraint
  • Financial exploitation 
  • Caretaker neglect
  • Self-neglect

To Prevent Abuse

  • Avoid isolation
  • Trust your instincts
  • Plan ahead for times that you may be less able to make decisions
  • Get more than one opinion when making financial and medical decisions
  • Create and maintain a good social support system for yourself
  • Avoid caregiver burnout by taking care of yourself, too
  • Ask for help when you need it

You Have the Right

  • To be free from mistreatment of any kind
  • To be free from physical, emotional, or verbal threats
  • To request and get proper, timely help
  • To report anyone who threatens you or causes you harm in any way
  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be SAFE and SECURE

Facts About Elder Abuse

  • Victims of abuse are often at-risk because of age or disability.
  • Abuse, exploitation, and neglect are often caused by caregivers or family members.
  • Abuse occurs in all classes of society; in urban and rural areas, in family and community settings; in nursing homes and other care facilities.
  • In Boulder County over 200 incidents of abuse, exploitation, or neglect are reported each year.
  • In Colorado, approximately 4,000 incidents of elder and adult abuse, exploitation, or neglect are reported each year to Departments of Social Services.  Many more cases go unreported.

Training Opportunities

To schedule training on Elder Abuse Prevention, Identification and Reporting for your agency, facility, or community organization please call or email Janet Ibanez at 303-441-1170. 

Additional Resources

Adult Protection and Senior Services
Department of Housing and Human Services
Boulder 303-441-1000
Lafayette 303-666-5650
Longmont 303-678-6000

Boulder County Aging Services Division 303-441-3570
Long-Term Care Ombudsman 303-441-1173
District Attorney Consumer Affairs 303-441-3730
Boulder County Rape Crisis Team 303-443-7300
Boulder County Safe House Boulder Office 303-444-2424
Tri-Cities Office 303-673-9000
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley 303-772-4422
Mental Health Center Crisis Line 303-447-1665
Developmental Disabilities Center 303-665-7789
Center for People with Disabilities
Boulder 303-442-8662
Longmont 303-772-3250
Boulder County Legal Services 303-449-7575 Top of page ↑


Elder Rights Program

303-441-1000 (Adult Protective Services)
911 (for emergencies)


3482 North Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
Map and directions

Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80301