The 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary Edith+Eddie tells the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, who marry in their mid-90s and become known online as "America’s oldest interracial couple". More than an inspiring love story, theirs also is a cautionary and heart-breaking tale about the state of elder justice and guardianship in the US as Hill's daughters battle over her care and the wishes of the couple to remain together. More →
Elder abuse is not just limited to the United States. This year, NYCEAC celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th, 2017, by highlighting organizations, campaigns, and efforts around the world dedicated to helping older adults and preventing elder abuse in the article World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017: Elder Justice Worldwide. The article contains a list of 11 organizations in 11 different countries that are working on elder abuse issues through policy, education, research and services, exemplifying that fighting elder abuse is truly an international movement.
This blog, Ageism in Film and The Countering Ageism in Film Award, discusses ageist stereotypes which are perpetuated by Hollywood’s youth-oriented film industry. A study done by the University of Southern California found that these stereotypes hinder our understanding of aging, older adults, and the vast experiences of olderadults. As a response to the misrepresentation and negative stereotypes of older adults in film, NYCEAC created the Countering Ageism in Film Award, allowing voters to choose their favorite positive portrayal of an older adult in a 2016 film. The winner? Denzel Washington for his portrayal of Troy in the film “Fences.”
Elder abuse in Latino communities is a common phenomenon that often goes unreported. With the U.S Latino older adult population rapidly rising, it is imperative that elder abuse professionals understand how to effectively implement cultural competency in their work. This article, Elder Abuse in Latino Communities, discusses risk factors and prevention strategies to reduce elder abuse in Latino communities.
A study and pilot program conducted by Dr. Jo Anne Sirey and Jackie Berman shows that identification and intervention with problem-solving therapy improves outcomes in depressed older adults. Their program, Providing Options to Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT) screens older adults at DFTA’s Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center and is the first program of its kind to bring evidence-based psychotherapy to victims to improve mental health and elder abuse outcomes. This blog, Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Benefits Depressed Elder Abuse Victims, outlines the results of Sirey and Berman’s groundbreaking study.
The blog, Understanding the Ins and Outs of Guardianships, provides detailed information regarding guardianship laws, also referred to as conservator laws. These laws are in place to protect adults who are unable to make decisions for themselves, such as medical and financial decisions. Through a legal proceeding, a court can appoint a guardian to assist individuals found to be incapacitated, i.e., when the individual can no longer manage their own care and management of their finances.
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