Tips for Prevention of Elder Abuse Avoid Isolation – this can lead to loneliness and depression and increases the possibility of abuse or neglect. Stay social and stay active. Don’t live with a person with a background of violent behavior or alcohol or drug abuse. Learn about programs and services in your area. Don’t give friends or family money you need to live. Don’t sign a document unless you fully understand it or someone you trust reads it. Be aware of caregivers or family members that may need financial assistance or may have substance abuse issues.