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Dependent Adult

Definition - What does Dependent Adult mean?

A dependent adult is someone who is over the age of 18, but under the age of 64, and who has severe physical or mental limitations that prevent them from living independently.

In the context of the law, dependent adults have a certain number of special legal protections from potential abuse.

Justipedia explains Dependent Adult

Dependent adults are in very vulnerable positions, similar to those of elderly people. This is because they cannot adequately take care of themselves, and have to depend on other people to help them with a wide variety of tasks.

There are many disabilities that can make someone a dependent adult. For example, brain damage or mental retardation can have this effect.

Legal protections are in place to attempt to limit any potential abuse that dependent adults could suffer.

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