Elder abuse – Get help in Alberta

Government of Alberta
Description / Summary

Recognize signs of elder abuse and learn how to get help.


Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of a senior.

Common forms of elder abuse include:

  • financial
  • emotional
  • physical
  • sexual
  • neglect
  • medication

Victims commonly suffer more than one type of abuse at the same time. The most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional. Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, income or education. Elder abuse is often committed by someone known to the victim who is in a position of power, trust or authority. Approximately 25% of crimes against seniors are committed by family members, usually a spouse or adult child.

Common signs of elder abuse:

  • confusion
  • depression or anxiety
  • unexplained injuries
  • changes in hygiene
  • seeming fearful around certain people
  • fear or worry when talking about money

This website contains Help Lines and Resources and Publications related to elder abuse. 

24-hour, toll-free helplines

Family Violence Info Line

Phone: 310-1818
Get information, advice and referrals in over 170 languages.

Calgary Elder Abuse Resource Line

Phone: 403-705-3250
Located in the Kerby Centre, make a report or get information.

Edmonton Seniors Abuse Help Line

Phone: 780-454-8888
Get support, referrals and crisis intervention.

Red Deer Helping Elder Abuse Reduction (H.E.A.R.) Resource Information Line

Phone: 403-346-6076 or 1-877-454-2580
Get support, referrals and crisis intervention.

Strathcona County Elder Abuse Line

Phone: 780-464-7233
Get support, referrals and information.