Tuesday, January 17, 2012

  1. NATIONAL, Divine Caroline, January 13, 2012
    Elder Abuse: Part One
    This article is a general overview of elder abuse in the United States. The author lists a number of red flags that may point to elder abuse, and uses quotes from esteemed geriatrician, Dr. Mark Lachs.
  2. NATIONAL, American Institute of CPAs, January 17, 2012
    The Next Madoff-Sized Financial Scam
    This article tells CPAs to warn their clients about responding to unsolicited investment offers, especially those that “…promote the use of a self-directed IRA.”
  3. ALABAMA (Fairhope), Baldwin County Now, January 17, 2012
    Carroll Place hosts Empowering Seniors with Carolyn Dohn
    Carroll Place, a Mercy Medical assisted living community, will host the first of the Senior Roundtable winter seminars,Empowering Seniors with Relevant Information on Elder Abuse with special guest speaker, Carol Dohn, a state certified elder law attorney.
  4. CALIFORNIA (Half Moon Bay), Half Moon Bay Patch, January 13, 2012
    Sentencing Postponed for Local Man Convicted of Elder Abuse, Kidnapping
    The sentencing of a man convicted of kidnapping and abusing his 82-year-old grandmother while she drove him home last September has been postponed until February.
  5. CALIFORNIA (Palm Springs), My Desert, January 17, 2012
    Police to give elder abuse presentation
    The LGBT Center of the Desert is set to host the Palm Springs Police Department for a presentation titled “Stopping Elder Abuse.”
  6. CALIFORNIA (Porterville), Porterville Police, January 15, 2012
    Porterville Police Department Press Release
    A woman selling puppies in front of a Wal-Mart store in Porterville was arrested for tampering with a check made out to her by an 85-year-old Wal-Mart customer.
  7. CALIFORNIA (San Diego), Washington Times, January 16, 2012
    Our nation’s veterans not immune from elder abuse
    The issue of elder abuse is brought home to veterans as one of their own was discovered living in unimaginable squalor due to the neglect of his caregiver.
  8. CALIFORNIA (Yolo County), The Sacramento Bee, January 14, 2012
    Woman admits embezzlement, elder abuse in Yolo County case
    A woman has pled guilty to embezzlement and elder abuse, admitting that she took more than $200,000. The woman also agreed to forfeit more than $300,000 in cash and property to pay restitution for the victim.
  9. COLORADO (Colorado Springs), The Gazette, January 14, 2012
    Money & the Law: 2010 law aims to thwart elder financial abuse
    In 2010, the Colorado Legislature passed Senate Bill 10-042, which requires financial institutions to offer customers who are “at-risk” adults the opportunity to sign an information release consent form, which allows a financial institution to turn over account records to law enforcement and social services agencies when the financial institution suspects its customer is a victim of financial abuse.
  10. FLORIDA (Palm Beach), Palm Beach Daily News, January 17, 2012
    Preventing Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse in the Home
    This article lists several red flags that may indicate elder abuse, including limited family support, social isolation, complex medical conditions, and lack of financial support.
  11. ILLINOIS (McHenry County), Northwest Herald, January 16, 2012
    Help available locally for elderly who face financial shortfalls
    This article lists several organizations and resources available to seniors who are in need of help to pay their bills, get transportation to the store or doctors’ appointments, or just have enough to eat.


MASSACHUSETTS (Gloucester), The Gloucester Times, January 13, 2012
Senior Lookout: Reporting and dealing with elder abuses
In Massachusetts, residents age 60 or older are protected by elder abuse laws, and there are separate laws governing elder abuse in the community and in nursing homes. The article details who can and must report suspected elder abuse, as well as potential red flags of elder abuse.

MISSOURI (Hannibal), Hannibal Courier-Post, January 13, 2012
James Lester Culp II enters not guilty to exploitation
A Missouri man was arraigned on a Class B felony charge of financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person before Judge Keith M. Sutherland in Warren County.

MONTANA (Missoula), The Republic, January 14, 2012
Missoula woman convicted of bilking Alzheimer’s-stricken mother out of more than $120K
A woman has been convicted of exploitation of an older person after her reverse mortgage scheme came to light in 2009 when her brother and sister filed a report of elder abuse. The defense argued that the money was a gift from mother to daughter.

NEW JERSEY (Trenton), Elder Law Library, January 13, 2012
Elder financial exploitation
70,000 elderly people in New Jersey alone are at risk for being abused in some form, including through financial abuse.

OREGON (Washington County), Oregon Live, January 16, 2012
County gains centenarian deputy
A legend in Washington County elder abuse prevention was honored Jan. 13 when Sheriff Pat Garrett commissioned Barbara White as an honorary deputy in honor of her 100th birthday.


MINNESOTA (St. Paul), Public News Service, January 16, 2012
MN Ponders Tougher Penalties for Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
AARP Minnesota is supporting a push to toughen penalties for those who abuse vulnerable adults, such as the elderly and people with disabiltieis. A bill that would make intentional neglect a felony crime will be introduced during the 2012 Legislature.

NEW HAMPSHIRE (Bennington), My Fox Boston, January 17, 2012
A former Vermont nursing home worker faces murder charges
A woman has been arrested on charges stemming from the 2009 death of a nursing home resident who was injected with insulin even though they were not diabetic. The suspect was previously charged with 16 counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and attempted financial exploitation involving the unauthorized use of a credit card.