Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation
It's our mission to empower Indiana communities
to prevent and end senior exploitation and elder abuse.
We believe we can achieve elder justice through
education, encouragement, and empowerment.
The Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation (IN-CASE) is a network of organizations and individuals across Indiana who are working to educate Hoosiers about elder abuse to prevent and end exploitation and abuse. We do this through partnerships, presentations, and outreach.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is any exploitation by a caregiver that harms or distresses an elderly individual. Although physical abuse is most commonly thought of, elder abuse can take many forms, including neglect and financial impropriety.
Forms of elder abuse:
Emotional and psychological abuse
How Common is Elder Abuse?
With many elderly individuals reluctant to address instances of abuse, it's very difficult to calculate the full scope of the problem. Recent data from the World Health Organization estimate roughly 16% of individuals aged 60 and older were subjected to some form of abuse over the last year. The abuse often occurs at long-term care facilities and nursing homes, but it’s not uncommon among caregivers, including friends and family members.
How Can We Prevent It?
Although many instances of elder abuse go unnoticed, we can train the public to prevent mistreatment altogether.
From identifying common risk factors to recognizing red flags, we’ve developed strategies to address elder abuse. These range from the obvious — broken bones and unexplained bruising — to more subtle signs, such as withdrawn behavior or gradual declines in hygiene and appearance.
Through education, encouragement, and empowerment, IN-CASE is fighting to end exploitation and abuse. We encourage Hoosiers from all walks of life to get involved.
If you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, report it immediately. If there’s an immediate threat, dial 911. To report incidents of fraud, obtain a case manager, or connect with resources, you can also call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.