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!
Resources and Tools for Professionals
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a set of four guides to for individuals who are managing someone else’s money. Each guide is specialized for a different type of financial caregiver: powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees and government fiduciaries. These free guides are designed to help each group of financial caregivers understand their duties and responsibilities. To view and download the guides, please click here. To order paper copies of the guides, please click here.
The Institutes of Medicine has made available the full report on their April 2013 elder abuse workshop. The report contains extensive details about the topics and issues discussed at the IOM workshop by many elder justice experts, including a presentation given by the NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Medical Director, Mark Lachs, MD, MPH. To download a free copy of the report, please click here to visit the National Academy Press.
Wider Opportunities for Women has released a brief entitled, “Older Survivors and Economic Security,” as part of their “Population Policy Series.” This document reviews the facts and figures known about the abuse of older women, provides information from numerous service perspectives and makes recommendations for further work. Click here to download the brief.
Join the Field
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. They are a primary source of information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual. The Consumer Voice’s mission is to represent consumers at the national level for quality long-term care, services and supports. To view a complete job description, including qualifications, responsibilities and application instructions, please click here.