Elder Justice Program 

Elder Rights

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging works to protect the rights of elders to live safely, with dignity and to be free from abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. The program provides community education on the warning signs of abuse and what to do about it.

For more information on scheduling an educational presentation on elder rights:
Phone: 303-441-1170
Email: infoEldeRights@bouldercounty.org


Elder abuse is vastly under-reported. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans age 60 and older experiences abuse each year with many experiencing multiple forms. Below are a few signs of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Does a spouse or partner, family member, friend or caregiver:

  • Keep you from seeing other family or friends?
  • Control your activities and whereabouts?
  • Threaten to hurt you, him/herself or pets?
  • Take your money to pay their bills?
  • Neglect or ignore your health, care or emotional needs?

If you’ve said yes to any of these, or you’ve witnessed an older adult being treated in any of these ways, call Adult Protective Services, 303-441-1000. Call 911 in an emergency.

Did You Know?

  • The sad reality is that most cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by known and trusted others, particularly family members, including adult children, spouses and other relatives plus caregivers, neighbors, acquaintances.
  • One in ten Americans age 60+ experiences abuse each year, and many experience it in multiple forms.
  • Education and public awareness is critical to prevention: the abuse is most often not reported and elders who are socially isolated have a higher risk of being abused.
  • That all of us being good citizens is the best defense against it: Recognize abuse, Respond and Report the abuse to the authorities so they can investigate it.

 Helpful Links


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