Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
AARP Creates Online Map to Track Fraud
The AARP has created an online tool to track fraudulent schemes that target older people. Fraud Watch Network lets you click on your state and see alerts from consumers and state authorities about fraudulent activity.
How to Prevent Financial Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities
A recording and slides from a webinar held in March are now available from the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. The webinar features Naomi Karp, Policy Advisor, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Older Americans, and Ann-Maria Beard, Deputy Director, Office of Supplemental Security Income and Representative Payment Policy of the Social Security Administration.
Online Conference on Elder Abuse and Financial Fraud
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and various senior advocacy and criminal justice experts are providing a free day-long online conference on April 10, 2014 to learn how to spot the warning signs of elder abuse and financial fraud. Registration is available here.
9th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference
This year’s NYC Elder Abuse Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the New School, 66 West 12th Street in Manhattan. The theme of the conference is Elder Abuse: Addressing the Impact of Mental Illness. The program for this year’s Conference will highlight the challenges of the intervention and resolution of elder abuse when mental illness impacts the victim and/or abuser. Additional conference details and registration information will be released in late spring.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The New York Times’ “Sinosphere” blog features a story about how elder justice advocates in China are pushing for the addition of elders and children to legislation against domestic violence that is under consideration in the National People’s Congress.
The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to provide medical and financial records access to investigators in some elder abuse cases. The bill is supported by the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, as well as aging advocates.
The Responsibilities and Limitations of Protecting At-Risk Adults
Sharon Ruyle, an Adult Protective Services manager in Colorado, writes about the duties of Adult Protective Services (APS) in responding to the abuse, exploitation and neglect of adults, especially older adults.
Sacramento Needs More Resources to Address Elder Financial Abuse
The Sacramento Bee reports that after the county dismantled a unit focused on addressing financial scams against older people, the county saw a 50% increase in reported cases.
Minnesota Urges CPAs to Help Spot Elder and Financial Abuse
The Minnesota Department of Commerce asked CPAs who are preparing taxes to be on the lookout for elder and financial abuse. In a press release that provided tips and strategies for spotting abuse and exploitation, Commissioner Mike Rothman said “As partners in the fight to stop fraud this tax season, accountants can recognize when the numbers just don’t add up, and help raise awareness of any fraud for the victims and their families.”
A Case Study of Elder Financial Abuse
Stacey Wood, PhD, Associate Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Scripps College describes a case of elder abuse and points to social, cognitive and neural aspects of elder exploitation in a guest blog post for NYCEAC.
How Science Can Help Protect Elders
Bruce H. Price, M.D., the chief of neurology at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, and Ekaterina Pivovarova, Ph.D., a clinical forensic psychologist have written an article for the Huffington Post about how researchers are developing better assessment tools to identify “deficits in financial decision-making and vulnerability to undue influence.”
NYCEAC AND OUR PARTNERS IN THE NEWS
Elder Justice Advocates Testify at New York City Council Hearing
Twelve organizations, including NYCEAC, testified at a City Council hearing to advocate for an increase in funding to address elder abuse. New York City has the third-highest number of older people in the country, and the number of older adults is expected to grow nationwide.
Managing Your Elders’ Finances
NYCEAC partner Elizabeth Loewy, Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit, Special Victims/Special Prosecutions Bureau at New York County District Attorney’s Office, joins Sally Hurme of the AARP, and Naomi Karp of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the best way to manage your elders’ finances and care.
Be on the Lookout for Elder Abuse
Attorneys for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in NYC have co-written an article in the Huffington Post about the signs of elder abuse and ways to prevent them.