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 →
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The American Bar Association released the text of a lecture given by David M. English, Chair of the Commission on Law and Aging. Mr. English highlights the issue of elder abuse in the lecture, which is titled, “Legal challenges to achieving an age friendly society in the United States.”
The Office for Victims of Crime released the first three modules of a new online training curriculum for legal aid and civil attorneys to learn how to identify and respond to elder abuse. The training was developed at the Department of Justice in partnership with the Elder Justice Initiative and the Access to Justice Initiative.
The New York Asian Women’s Center is looking for a Later in Life Program Coordinator/ Counselor Advocate who speaks Mandarin. The Later in Life Program Coordinator will be responsible for spearheading NYAWC’s efforts to ensure that the issues, concerns, and needs of Asian and Asian American abused older adult survivors are adequately addressed.
Registration is now open for the National Adult Protective Services Association’s annual conference to be held October 29-30, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the conference is Stronger Together: Celebrating 25 Years Protecting America’s Vulnerable Adults. The conference will be followed by the 5th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation on the October 31st.
ELDER JUSTICE IN THE NEWS
New York City
The city budget for Fiscal Year 2015 was released and includes greatly increased funding for elder abuse service provision as part of a larger investment in aging services. More about the funding can be found in our recent blog, NYC Budget Includes Increased Funding for Elder Abuse Services.
The Elder Justice Roadmap was released and is garnering media attention across the country. Advocates hope the report will provide professionals, policy makers and others with meaningful routes to combat the growing prevalence of elder abuse. In a recent NYCEAC blog post, Director and Roadmap co-author, Risa Breckman highlights the Roadmap’s importance to the field. Additional coverage includes a discussion with Dr. Laura Mosequeda published in Forbes, and a widely distributed editorial by James Silkenat, President of the American Bar Association.
The White House announced that it will hold a Conference on Aging in 2015 to be lead by Nora Super. The planned themes of the conference are: retirement security; long term services and supports; healthy aging; and financial exploitation, elder abuse, and neglect.
The Nursing Home Complaint Center is urging AV rated Attorneys to assist in nursing home neglect cases. Specifically, the center is requesting help in pursuing cases where the patient died due to sepsis or septic shock caused by improper care and cleaning.
Laura Mosqueda, Co-Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse and a leader in elder abuse research, is moving to the University of Southern California where she will become Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Dean of Primary Care.
An article in Financial Advisor notes that the American Bar Association and AARP are warning lawyers that 10% of elders are financially abused each year. This news came to the attention of Financial Advisor through a webinar hosted by the American Bar Association. A second article covers the Securities and Exchange Commissioners Daniel Gallagher and Luis Agular’s desire to increase protections for older adults.
Pacific Standard magazine explores efforts around the globe to combat elder abuse and the violation of older adults’ rights. Included in this coverage is report of the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons. More information about elder justice work around the globe can be found through the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Ageing.
A new report in Australia, Norma’s Project, highlights the issue of sexual assault in older women. The difficulty in detecting, acknowledging, and intervening in these cases is discussed in relation to ageism and the false notion that older adults are not sexually abused.