According to California State Penal Code 368 P.C., the State of California considers those persons age 65 and older to be elders.  Persons 18-64 years old who have physical and/or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities or to protect their rights are considered dependent adults. 

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department investigates crimes against elders and dependent adults within the department's contract cities and unincorporated areas.  The department is committed to the successful prosecution of those committing crimes against elders and dependent adults.

For more information or to help stop elder abuse, visit the San Diego County Aging and Independence Services website or call the Elder Abuse Hotline (800) 510-2020.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder or dependent abuse, contact the San Diego Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.