What is an “at-risk” adult?

In Colorado  at-risk adults are defined as:


A person 18 years or older who:

  • Is susceptible to mistreatment or self-neglect because he/she is unable to perform or obtain services necessary for their own health, safety, or welfare; or

  • Lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions.



Adults who might meet the difinition of an at-risk adult include:

  • Adults who are being mistreated or exploited

  • Adults with a developmental disability, aquired brain injury, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or neurological or cognitive defect

  • Adults with a major mental illness

  • Frail or elderly persons who are unable to perform typical activities of daily living

    Source:   Colorado Department of Human Services