This blog features a round up of elder justice related news items released in September 2013.
Leaders from the Senate Special Committee on Aging and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs say they are “deeply troubled” by the insufficient oversight of private advisors. The call for increased enforcement comes after a report released last month by the Government Accountability Office, which found the VA’s loose application of oversight to accrediting private financial planners, attorneys, insurance agents and others was leaving veterans open to abuse.
Senators Bernie Saunders, Patty Murray, Richard Burr, and Bill Nelson wrote a letter to Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to bring attention to this issue.
Elder Justice Coordinating Council Convenes for Third Meeting
The third meeting of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council was presided over by Kathy Greenlee, Administrator for the Administration on Community Living with the purpose of reviewing the strategic action steps from the Federal Interagency Elder Justice Working Group’s nine proposals. The proposals were submitted in the spring and focus on ways to advance federal involvement in the prevention, detection, and prosecution of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
STATE AND LOCAL NEWS (NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY)
Older Voters Release Questionnaire for NYC Mayoral Candidates on Elder Abuse
The Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) released a questionnaire to candidates in the mayoral, public advocate, comptroller, and borough president races to help present voters with useful information about each candidate’s knowledge and support for aging and elder abuse prevention related issues.
- Bobbie Sackman, CSCS’s Director of Public Policy and an NYCEAC partner said, “The next mayor will have the responsibility to develop programs and policies to ensure that older New Yorkers can age in place in their homes and communities with dignity.”
ELDER JUSTICE IN THE MEDIA
Fight Elder Financial Abuse from On Wall Street
Through the story of a Californian elder abuse case, this piece looks at the factors which leave older adults vulnerable to elder financial abuse and ways to take preventative action.
by Alexandra Pearson, Communications Specialist, NYCEAC