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. This month, we are thrilled to include coverage of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) which was June 15th!
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Tool for LGBT Older Adults
The Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging developed a new online learning tool: Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults. The tool is designed to increase awareness of the challenges faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) older adults living in long term care settings.
The Consumer Protection Bureau New Manual
The Consumer Protection Bureau has released a the new Protecting Residents from Financial Exploitation manual, which provides guidance for nursing home and assisted living facilities to help safeguard their residents from financial exploitation.
OVC Research Award
The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) is requesting nominations for their annual awards. New this year is the Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award dedicated to researchers who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of crime victims’ issues.
New Social Media Campaign
British Columbia announced a social media campaign to draw attention to elder abuse and to allow people to express support for older adults. Use the #RespectSeniors and @BCCEAS to join the conversation.
Federation for Protestant Welfare Associations, Budget and Elderly Welfare Advocate
The Federation for Protestant Welfare Associations is looking for a Budget and Elderly Welfare Advocate who would be responsible for city and state budget advocacy as well as policy formation. Interested applicants should contact Emma Guzman at email@example.com.
Samuel Field YM & YWHA, CAPE Director
The Samuel Field YM & YWHA is looking for a director for their Community Advisory Program for the Elderly. The organization provides social work and mental health treatment to residents of Queens who are 50 years and older. Interested applicants should send their resume to jbardavid@sfy.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
President Obama declared June 15th to be observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In the US and around the World, organizations held events to raise awareness of the elder abuse epidemic. For more WEAAD coverage and resources see our blog and visit the National Center on Elder Abuse and the American Society on Aging’s webpages dedicated to WEAAD.
New Partnership Links Emergency Responders and District Attorneys
A new partnership provides training for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in Arlington Massachusetts to recognize and respond to elder abuse cases.
New Project in Canada to Raise Awareness and Provide Resources
The Breaking the Silence of Abuses: Empowering Elders project was announced in Vancouver, Canada and will include compiling resources for victims and the public and will feature video recordings of victim testimonials.
UN Secretary General Calls on Member States to Address Elder Abuse
The United Nations Secretary- General, Ban Ki-moon, called on member states to adopt measures to address elder abuse, noting the particular vulnerability that older women face worldwide.
Elder Abuse Recognized as Part of Domestic Violence
Queensland, Australia is highlighting elder abuse in their domestic violence campaigns, recognizing that elder abuse is less recognized form of family violence.
Kenyan Man Opens His Home to Elder Abuse Victims
In Kenya, Kenga Charo, a former truck driver, has opened his own home to those fleeing elder abuse and witchcraft accusations, many of which result in death. He was one of many that assembled in Nairobi to call for a UN convention on the rights of older people.
STATE & LOCAL (NYS & NYC) NEWS
NYC FY15 Budget Includes Increased Funding for Elder Abuse
The budget for fiscal year 2015 was released and included $1 million in spending for elder abuse services as well as increased funding for a number of aging services. The full budget can be found here, the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City (CSCS) announcement can be found here.
New Shelter Opens in Buffalo, NY
Older victims of domestic violence now have a shelter that can provide emergency care in Buffalo, New York.
Convening to Address Elder Abuse
The necessity of communication and inter-disciplinary responses to elder abuse cases is increasingly being recognized. Ulster County, New York is beginning to convene professionals and community members to address this important area of work. In Syracuse, New York a new group is convening to address elder abuse.
NYCEAC AND OUR PARTNERS IN THE NEWS
NYCEAC partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Elder Abuse Shelter at Hebrew Home was recognized for their work mentoring other organizations to help start shelters across the country and training community gatekeepers to identify elder abuse.