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Senior Texans

Approximately 2.4 million people over the age of 65 call Texas home. As our state’s population continues to age, the Office of the Attorney General remains committed to serving and protecting Texas seniors.

The Attorney General protects senior consumers by taking legal measures under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other consumer protection statutes. The Attorney General investigates abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of seniors in long-term care facilities that receive federal Medicaid funds. This agency also takes legal action, upon referral from the Department of Aging and Disability Services, against nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health care agencies that violate state and federal standards.

In addition to this agency’s statutory authority, the Office of the Attorney General seeks to educate and empower seniors with information in an effort to protect this population against fraud and abuse. This site contains tips to avoid becoming a victim and provides links for filing a complaint and reporting criminal activity.

Protecting Yourself from Scams

Scammers often target seniors by stealing confidential financial information and their identities. There is a simple strategy that you can use to stay safe. Hang up! Shred it! Opt Out! Click link to learn ways to protect yourself from scams.

Grandparents’ Page

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren and this relationship can positively affect both grandparents and grandchildren. In Texas, a court can authorize grandparent visitation of a grandchild if visitation is in child’s best interest and certain criteria are met. Click link to obtain useful information for grandparents on access, custody and visitation referrals.

Estate and Advanced Care Planning

Texas law provides a number of ways for individuals to ensure that their wishes are carried out in the event they become incapacitated due to Alzheimer’s Disease or other health conditions. There are a number of standard forms that are available to provide instructions to medical professionals and family members who may have to make critical decisions regarding treatment and health care. While the Office of the Attorney General cannot provide legal advice, we do provide information on resources available for health related advance planning and personal and financial advance planning. Click link to learn more about estate and advanced care planning.

Financial Fraud Videos

Money or other resources that are lost as a result of a scam or fraud are seldom found and returned, and unfortunately senior citizens are often considered attractive targets for scams. Fortunately, you can help! Employees who deal directly with seniors in banks and other financial institutions are uniquely positioned to detect and prevent financial abuse. Click link to learn more about protecting your senior customers.

Selecting a Nursing Home

The majority of nursing homes are staffed by compassionate and caring individuals who provide excellent service to residents. This page is designed to empower residents and their families with information to help them find the nursing home that will best meet their needs. Click link to learn where to start and what to ask and look for when looking for a facility.

Rights of the Elderly / Elder Abuse

Texas law provides additional rights for citizens age 60 and over to protect them against abuse, neglect and exploitation. Know your rights to protect yourself against abuse, whether you are living in your own home, with family or in a long-term care facility. Click link to learn more about rights for Texans age 60 and over.