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 →
This post includes a summary of resources and educational opportunities relevant to the elder justice field. If you are aware of additional resources or have comments about any of the resources listed below, please use the response box at the end of the post to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) will host Dr. Mark Lachs, Professor of Medicine at WCMC, Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of the NYC Elder Abuse Center, for Medicine Grand Rounds on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Dr. Lachs will present a talk titled, “Age Associated Financial Vulnerability: The Neuroscience and Epidemiology of a Hidden Public Health Crisis.” This presentation is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found on our Events page by clicking here.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) has released a new episode in their “Research for Non-Researchers” podcast series, which is produced in partnership with the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA). This episode, titled, “Elder Abuse Risk Factors,” features Georgia Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, LISW and Carol Dayton, MSW, ACSW, LISW being interviewed by Mary S. Twomey, MSW about their research and elder justice work. To listen to the podcast on YouTube, click here. The mp3 audio file and key points can be downloaded from UC Irvine on iTunes University by clicking here.
The next Elder Justice Coordinating Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The Council will receive from the Federal Interagency Elder Justice Working Group a summary of the strategic action steps for the nine proposals submitted in May 2013 to advance federal involvement in the prevention, detection, and prosecution of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Individuals interested in attending either in person or via live webcast must RSVP to Brandon Bayton at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional details about this meeting, please click here.
KQED, a San Francisco public radio station, has produced a series of stories in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) covering recent investigative reporting that indicates California regulators have routinely “conducted cursory and indifferent investigations into suspected violence and misconduct committed by hundreds of nursing assistants and in-home health aides.” To listen to audio from these stories and view accompanying materials, click here. In addition, CIR partnered with ProPublica to host a live webchat on the topic, “Caring for America’s aging population.” The webchat was inspired in part by CIR’s recent investigation with KQED. To read the chat transcript, click here.
Resources and Tools for Professionals
Bank of the West, a California-based bank, has produced a series of videos titled, “Fraud in Brief,” which provide short synopses of current frauds and scams. As part of this series, they have created a video titled, “Email Scams and Elder Abuse,” which provides information on scams targeting older adults and ways to protect oneself from such scams. To view the video, click here.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) developed a useful map tool that can be used to generate information about government agencies, state reporting numbers, laws, data and other state-specific elder abuse resources. Click here to view the map.
The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has space available in its emergency shelter program for victims of elder abuse. In order to be eligible for shelter, an older adult (60 and over) must be a current abuse victim or be at imminent risk of being abused, with no housing options in the community. The shelter is housed at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, a long term care facility, which offers clients a full continuum of care, including medical, psychological, case management and legal services. To make a referral to the shelter, please call 1-800-56-SENIOR. Referrals must be made by community agency professionals and admittance to the shelter is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific needs and circumstances of the abuse victim.
Weinberg Center staff is also available to conduct no-fee, individualized trainings to a wide variety of professional and community groups about elder abuse signs, symptoms and resources. To inquire about trainings, please email email@example.com.