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 →
Welcome to the NYC Elder Abuse Center’s monthly round-up of news links & resources by & for elder justice professionals.
NAPSA & NCPEA Webinar
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) are hosting a webinar on June 12th entitled, “Cognitive Predictors of Self-Care Abilities in APS Clients Referred for a Capacity Assessment.”
ACL Funding Opportunities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has posted two major funding opportunities to run the National Center on Elder Abuse, which provides information and materials on elder abuse, and the Native American Elder Justice Initiative, which will work to provide more culturally appropriate information and education for this population.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
The Weinberg Foundation has posted two new positions, including Program Associate for Older Adults.
VERA The Guardianship Project, Director
The VERA Institute of Justice is looking for a new director. The project provides guardians for individuals who have disabilities or are older and don’t have family members or friends who could fill this role.
NYC & NATIONAL NEWS
NYC Department for the Aging
The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) has produced a concept paper outlining the goals of the Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention Services Request For Proposals (RFP) to be issued this summer. DFTA is requesting feedback on the paper to help inform the RFP.
Advocates Seek Added Funds to Fight Elder Abuse
“There is no excuse for elder abuse!” say advocates in an appeal to New York City Council Members for an additional $4 million to support community-based efforts to address the growing problem. Click here to read the full story featured in the New York Nonprofit Press.
New York State Legislature
New legislation has been introduced into the New York State legislature and passed through the Senate Codes Committee. The proposed laws would: strengthen the term caregiver to include those who voluntarily care for an individual and those legally appointed, increase charges of financial exploitation to include those who knew the victim was disabled, allow caregivers to accompany an older adult to court and allow attorneys to preserve testimony of those over age 75.
Iowa Passes Elder Abuse Law
Iowa recently passed a law to define elder abuse and provide penalties for those convicted. It also provides for a civil protective order for a vulnerable older adult who may become or who has been victimized.
Congratulations to Dr. XinQi Dong
We would like to congratulate Dr. XinQi Dong on his recognition for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation from the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Dong is a dedicated advocate and voice for elder justice and has significantly contributed to the understanding of the epidemiology and impact of elder abuse. More about Dr. Dong and the award can be found here.
Huguette Clark Family Foundation Grants
The Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders made it’s first grants to San Diego State University and to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. The San Diego project will provide training to APS workers on financial exploitation and undue influence, while the Philadelphia project will help banks implement guidelines for sharing information for the investigation of suspected financial exploitation.
The importance of family and friends in the lives of victims of elder abuse cannot be overstated and two cases of families advocating for their loved ones were featured in the news this month. In Minnesota a group of victims, families, and allies are fighting for legislative changes to combat elder abuse, while in Washington, Nancy Cave accompanied her father to testify at the Senate Special Committee on Elder Abuse about the famous metal scams.
Casey Kasem Goes Missing
Casey Kasem was in the news this month as his children launched a nationwide search for him after he was removed from his nursing home by his wife. His daughter has recently been deemed his guardian and power of attorney.
ELDER JUSTICE ACTIVITIES IN JUNE
The 9th annual New York City Elder Abuse Conference will be held June 3rd at the New School Institute for Retired Persons. The focus of this year’s meeting is Resolving Elder Abuse: Addressing the Impact of Mental Illness. We hope to see you there!
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Press Conference
The NYC World Elder Abuse Day (WEAAD) Press Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 and will be held at 11:00AM on the steps of NYC City Hall. The purpose of the press conference is to raise awareness of the hidden crisis of elder abuse. Please wear purple in honor of WEAAD.
Watch for our blog featuring WEAAD coming soon! If you are hosting and/or aware of a WEAAD event, please let us know so we can feature your event in the blog. Contact us at email@example.com or via Twitter at @NYCElderAbuse.
A Round-Up of Elder Justice News – February 2014
Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – February 2014 (edit) – See more at: https://nyceac.org/elder-justice-dispatch-a-round-up-of-elder-justice-news-resources-april-2014/#sthash.3rvsUGLt.dpuf