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
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.