Elder Fraud and Abuse

Help Prevent Elder Fraud and Abuse

Report Elder Abuse 1-800-922-2275

Report Elder Abuse – Call 1-800-922-2275

A fundamental duty of government is to protect its most vulnerable population – children, the elderly, and those with physical and mental disabilities.



While anyone can and should report suspected abuse, Massachusetts requires certain professionals to report suspected abuse to the appropriate protective service agency.  Those agencies conduct their threshold investigations and in turn must refer the most serious cases to the local District Attorney.

In the case of elders (persons age 60 and over), Massachusetts law requires physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, police, firefighters, council on aging employees, assisted living personnel and others to file a report with the Department of Elder Affairs whenever they have reasonable cause to believe that an elderly person is suffering from or has died as a result of abuse.


The report must be made immediately to the Elder Abuse Hotline, 800.922.2275 (Voice/TTY)

The District Attorneys urge Massachusetts citizens to always give the benefit of the doubt to an elder’s safety.

When in doubt, REPORT!

from the Massachusetts Government website



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Anyone can be a victim of financial abuse. There are lots of scam artists out there, and lots of people too willing to trust them. Seniors are often the target of these scams. The older generation is thought to be more trusting – raised to believe that a man’s word is his bond. And many have built up a nice nest egg from years of saving and investing. But by knowing what to look out for, and what not to fall for, you can keep your money and your belongings safe from greedy hands.

Physical abuse and neglect  is one of the most dispicable  types of  crime.  If you suspect abuse, take action!


Fraud Target: Senior Citizens
What to Look For and How to Protect Yourself and Your Family


Scam Articles
Senior Journal Alerts   
National Consumer Law Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Senior Citizens Law Center   
National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)
Quack Watch
National Center on Elder Abuse

Directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, the NCEA is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation


Nursing Home Abuse Center

Nursing Home Abuse







Massachusetts Nursing Home Abuse Assistance

Nursing home abuse involving Massachusetts nursing homes should be reported!

Below are the names of state officials to whom you may report nursing home abuse or neglect


State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Mary McKenna
State LTC Ombudsman
Massachusetts Exec Office of Elder Affairs
State LTC Ombudsman
1 Ashburton Place
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Work: (617)727-7750
Fax: (617)727-9368
Office on Aging
Jennifer Davis Carey
MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs- I
One Ashburton Place
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Work: (617)727-7750
Fax: (617)727-6944
Licensure and Certifications
Paul Dreyer
Director of L&C
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Division Health Care Quality
10 West Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Work: (617)753-8100
Fax: (617)753-8125
Medicaid Fraud Unit Control
Nicholas Messuri
Director, MFCU
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General
200 Portland Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-1700
Work: (617)727-2200
Fax: (617)727-200
Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrator
Whitt Masters
Board of Registration For NHA
239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Work: (617)727-9925
Fax: (617)727-2197
Medicaid Agency
Beth Waldren
MA Division of Medical Assistance
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Work: (617)210-5690
Fax: (617)210-5697
Quality Improvement Organization
Kathleen McCarthy
President/Chief Executive Officer
Mass PRO
235 Wyman Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1231
Work: (781)890-0011
Fax: (781)487-0083
Protection and Advocacy System
Christine Griffin
Executive Director
Disability Law Center, Inc.
11 Beacon Street
Suite 925
Boston, MA 02108
Work: (617)723-8455
Fax: (617)723-9125
Adult Protective Service Agency
Gregory Giuliano
Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Protective Services
1 Ashburton Place
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Work: (617)222-7464
Fax: (617)727-9368
Citizen Advocacy Group
Arlene Germain
MA Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
38 Banks Terrace
Swampscott, MA 01907
Work: (781)890-2244
Fax: (781)890-4956
Susan Walker
Community Organizer
Cape United Elders of Comm. Action Committee
Cape United Elders
115 Enterprise Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
Work: (800)845-1999
Fax: (508)775-7488
Susan Schneider
Program Director
Cape Cod & Islands Regional Program
Long Term Care Ombudsman Prog
68 Route #134
South Dennis, MA 02660
Work: (508)394-4630
Fax: (508)394-3712
Area Served:
Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis,
Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Harwich, Mashpee,
Nantucket, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich,
Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, W Tisbury, Yarmouth areas




… and contact an Elder Law Attorney if neccessary!

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