The 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary Edith+Eddie tells the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, who marry in their mid-90s and become known online as "America’s oldest interracial couple". More than an inspiring love story, theirs also is a cautionary and heart-breaking tale about the state of elder justice and guardianship in the US as Hill's daughters battle over her care and the wishes of the couple to remain together. More →
This post includes a summary of resources as well as educational and case consultation 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!
As part of their Best Practices Series 2013, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistant (SAFEta) Source is hosting a free webinar titled, Sexual Assault in the Older Patient on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The webinar will provide information about caring for older victims of sexual assault including considerations for history taking, physical examination techniques, referral sources, reporting responsibilities and more. Registration is required to attend the event. Please click here for more information about this webinar, including registration details.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults make up a significant, and growing, share of America’s 65+ population. To help professionals in aging provide services that meet the needs of the LGBT population, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is providing free trainings to professionals and agencies on LGBT cultural competency. Their next training is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013 at The SAGE Center in New York City. For more information about this training, click here to download the flyer. Registration prior to the event is required.
For up-to-date information about elder justice events in the NYC area and beyond, click here to view NYCEAC’s Events calendar. If you are aware of an event and would like to post it on the calendar, please click here to submit the event-related details.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is hosting a 2-day public workshop on global elder abuse and its prevention in Washington, D.C. on April 17-18, 2013. Using an ecological framework, this workshop will explore the burden of elder abuse around the world, focusing on its impacts on individuals, families, communities, and societies. Additionally, the workshop will address occurrences and co-occurrences of different types of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial, as well as neglect. The ultimate objective is to illuminate promising global and multisectoral evidence-based approaches to the prevention of elder maltreatment. While the workshop will take place in Washington, D.C, but is available as a free webcast to the public. For more information about the event and to register for the webcast, click here.
The US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a special hearing on the topic, Jamaican Phone Fraud Targeting Seniors on March 13, 2013. Experts, government officials and children of victims testified about the many dangers and challenges of this sophisticated scam. Complete transcripts of the testimony provided are available on the committee’s website along with a video recording of the hearing. Please click here to navigate to these resources.
The NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Multidisciplinary Teams offer case consultation in Brooklyn & Manhattan. Upcoming meeting dates are listed below.
- Elder Abuse Case Coordination & Review Team: Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:00am in Manhattan at a different venue each month. The next meeting will take place on April 3rd, 2013.
- Brooklyn Multidisciplinary Team: Meetings are held every Wednesday morning – except the first Wednesday of the month – from 9:00-10:30am at a convenient downtown Brooklyn location.
To RSVP – and to receive location information for both of these meetings – please email Robin Roberts at email@example.com or call her at (212) 746-7211.
The Bronx Elder Abuse Task Force will be meeting regularly on the first Thursday of every other month: October, December, February, April, June, August. Meetings take place at the Bronx DA’s office. For more information, please contact Ellen Kolodney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 590-2260.
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Resources and Tools for Professionals
The Center for Elders and Courts, a project of the National Center for State Courts, has several resources for elder abuse professionals on their website. In addition to and Elder Abuse Toolkits for Prosecutors and Courts and an Elder Abuse Curriculum for State Judicial Educators, which was developed in collaboration with the Center for Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect (CEEAN) at the University of California, Irvine, CEC’s website contains a wealth of information about the medical and legal aspects of elder abuse. To visit CEC’s website, click here.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for research and evaluation relating to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals and residents of residential care facilities. This research furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels. Applications for funding are due by 11:59pm EST on May 20, 2013. For additional information about this funding opportunity, click here to download the complete request for funding.
Join the Field
The Stanley M. Issacs Neighborhood Center is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Program Director. The Assistant Program Director will plan, implement and promote wellness, social, cultural, and educational programs for Senior Center and naturally occurring retirement community (NORC) clients. This individual will also be responsible for recruiting, coordinating, training and supervising volunteers in all Senior Services Programs and cultivating community relationships for program development and for filling volunteer opportunities in the Senior Services programs. Applicants should have a BA and at least two years of relevant experience. This position is full time, Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, click here to download the complete job description, including information about how to apply.
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is currently seeking applications for the position of Welfare Fund Retiree Social Services Coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible for UFT’s “Stay in Touch” program, which calls hospitalized retirees, providing short-term counseling in the office or by phone, providing referrals to health providers or other health institutions, meeting with Retiree Social Services case managers regularly to review their cases, participating in social work group meetings and assisting in department activities. Candidates should be New York State licensed social workers with a background in gerontology and knowledge of nursing homes, discharge and referral sources. To view additional information and application instructions, click here to download the complete job description.