Elders and dependent adults are too often subjected to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. California protects these vulnerable members of our society through such laws as California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 15600 which protects elders and dependent adults from many types of abuse and neglect, including both physical and financial abuse.
An "Elder" is anyone within California who is 65 years of age or older.
A "Dependent Adult" is any person between the ages of 18 and 64 years who resides in this State and who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights, including, but not limited to, persons who have physical or developmental disabilities, or whose physical or mental abilities have diminished because of age. “Dependent Adult” also includes any person who is admitted as an inpatient to a 24-hour health care facility. This includes the elderly, those suffering dementia, the developmentally disabled, the brain injured, psychiatric patients and, in some instances, those in rehabilitation facilities.
A “Developmentally Disabled Person” means a person with a disability that originates before an individual attains 18 years of age; continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for that individual. This includes intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. This term also includes disabling conditions found to be closely related to intellectual disability or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with an intellectual disability, but does not include other handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature.
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