Thursday, March 22, 2012



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·         2012 Florida Conference on Aging (August 20-22, 2012)

o   Presented by The Florida Council on Aging  (FCOA) and the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP), in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). The theme this year will be Aging: New Game – New Rules


·         CDAA 2012 National Elder Abuse Symposium (December 4-7, 2012)

o   Guest speakers to include Paul Greenwood, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, Bob Nichols, Retired Marin County Deputy District Attorney, and many more

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1.         CALIFORNIA (Imperial County), Tribune Weekly Chronicle, March 22, 2012
Free Criminal Elder Abuse Seminar
All are welcome to attend a free criminal elder abuse seminar. The seminar aims to teach residents how to recognize elder abuse, specifically how to distinguish between elder abuse and normal signs of aging. Other topics covered include the criminal penalties for elder abuse.


2.         CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles), CNN, March 20, 2012
Judge asked to intervene in Zsa Zsa Gabor’s care
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge is scheduled for a hearing for the conservatorship of retired actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, amid accusations by her daughter that Zsa Zsa’s current husband is keeping her “increasingly isolated” and “heavily sedated.” The daughter also questions the husband’s handling of her mother’s finances.


3.         CALIFORNIA (Victorville), Victorville Daily Press, March 19, 2012
Bank teller keeps woman from falling victim to scam
A bank teller at Alaska Federal Credit Union was able to prevent a 70-year-old woman from falling victim to a common money-wiring scam.


4.         CALIFORNIA (Woodland Hills), Contra Costa Times, March 21, 2012
Police arrest alleged Woodland Hills scam artist who preyed on the elderly
A man who had reportedly been using a “disabled vehicle con” on elderly people, has been charged with multiple counts of elder abuse and thief by trickery. Since his arrest, five elderly victims have been identified.


5.         ILLINOIS (Irvine Park), Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2012
Caretaker accused of stealing $11,000 from elderly woman,0,6118795.story
An 85-year-old woman’s son was tipped off to the financial exploitation of his mother by her caregiver via an anonymous letter. The former caregiver is now charged with one felony count of financial exploitation of the elderly.


6.         ILLINOIS (Irving Park), My Fox Chicago, March 21, 2012
$50k Bond for Woman Allegedly Stole from Elderly Woman
Police claim that a former caregiver stole more than $11,000 from the elderly woman she cared for in her home. The suspect is scheduled to appear March 27 in North Felony Court.


7.         ILLINOIS (Joliet), CBS Local, March 21, 2012
Man’s Family Sues Joliet Nursing Home After Assault By Other Patient
The family of a Joliet nursing home resident is suing the facility, alleging it failed to prevent the abuse of as many as two dozen patients.


8.         KANSAS (Newton), The Kansan, March 22, 2012
Former DA talks elder fraud and abuse
Frank White, former assistant district attorney in the Consumer Fraud and Economic Crime Division of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, now spends his time educating older adults on avoiding fraud and abuse.


9.         MICHIGAN (Coldwater), The Daily Reporter, March 19, 2012
Norris worried about new abuse reporting system
Branch County Prosecutor Terri Norris has expressed concerns about the new child and vulnerable adult abuse reporting system established in Michigan. While available to the general public, the new abuse-reporting hotline must also be used by mandated reporters. No longer with local authorities be able to call in local CPS or APS staff. Norris is concerned that the new call  center just adds another layer of bureaucracy and delay.


10.       MINNESOTA (St. Paul), St. Paul Star Tribune, March 20, 2012
Woman in St. Paul nursing home sexually abused over months, report says
A female resident of a St. Paul nursing home was sexually assaulted repeatedly over a period of months by a staff member. Despite the allegations of earlier misconduct, the Health Department initiated no other investigations against the caregiver because the "information collected during the intake process did not meet the criteria for further investigation."


11.       MINNESOTA (St. Paul), Twin Cities, March 20, 2012
St. Paul: Ex-worker accused of abusing resident.
A female resident of a nursing home has accuse d a former care worker of trying to touch her breasts, exposing his penis, and forcing her to provide oral sex several times. St. Paul police investigated and "did not find sufficient evidence for a criminal case at that time," said Howie Padilla, department spokesman. No charges have been filed.


12.       MISSOURI (Jefferson City), KFVS12, March 21, 2012
Mo. Senate backs expansion of elder abuse law
The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill expanding the state's elder abuse law to protect older citizens from financial exploitation.


13.       NEW MEXICO (Taos County), Taos News, March 22, 2012
State: Ex-CEO fleeced Taos elderly of millions
The former owner and CEO of a Taos retirement home has been indicted in four cases of defrauding elderly people of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although the suspect is thought to have exploited dozens of residents out of millions of dollars, so far he is only being charged with four cases.


14.       NEW YORK (Batavia), The Daily News Online, March 20, 2012
City woman accused of stealing from elderly women, filing false tax returns
A 40-year-old woman is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal tax fraud; two counts of third-degree grand larceny; fourth-degree grand larceny; 13 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing; five counts of second-degree forgery; and 10 counts of falsifying business records.  All charges were accrued while working for two elderly women as their caregiver.


15.       OHIO (Cleveland), NewsNet5, March 19, 2012
Investigation uncovers illegal discharges by northeast Ohio hospitals and nursing homes
A local news team has launched an investigation of illegal discharges by nursing homes. They found that many complaints involve patients being dangerously and illegally discharged for lack of payment or behavioral issues. The Ohio Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman received 1069 complaints related to discharge issues in the fiscal year of 2011.


16.       OREGON (Fairview),, March 22, 2012
Fairview couple jailed for stealing more than $70,000 from grandma with Alzheimer’s
A 39-year-old woman and her husband have been jailed for one and three years respectively.  The couple had stolen almost all of the woman’s grandmother’s money to buy a truck, a travel trailer and other items. The granddaughter also received five years probation and 120 hours of community service.


17.       TEXAS (Austin), Sacramento Bee, March 22, 2012
Texas Health Care Association Testimony Warns Lawmakers of Impact of Continue Nursing Home Care Funding Squeeze
Massive cuts in funding for Texas nursing homes (a phased-in 10 year $1.6 billion Medicare reduction in 2009, a $58 million reduction in state Medicaid nursing home funding in 2011, and $234 million reduction in 2012 in Medicare-funded nursing home care for Texas seniors) raises grave concerns about the quality of care that is able to be provided for seniors.


18.       INTERNATIONAL (New South Wales, Australia), Big Pond News, March 21, 2012
Elder sexual abuse highlighted at forum
Queensland’s Elder Abuse Prevention Unit explains that police aren’t always the best place to go for help regarding elder sexual abuse. They recommend that counselors be called first in cases where elderly men sexually abuse their wives, because police orders against elder perpetrators are hard to enforce if the husband is in the home.


19.       INTERNATIONAL (Durham, Canada),, March 22, 2012
Give me shelter: Durham Region looking at elder abuse
This article discusses the growing problem of placement for victims of elder abuse in the Durham region. Currently Durham has shelters for the homeless, women facing domestic violence, and children escaping abuse.


20.       INTERNATIONAL (Kawartha Lakes, Canada), My Kawartha, March 20, 2012
New elder abuse law stiffens sentences for those who target seniors
If proposed legislation passes, judges would be directed to take into account whether or not a person convicted of elder abuse specifically targeted seniors. If so, judges are allowed to impose a tougher penalty.


21.       INTERNATIONAL (Ontario, Canada), Cottage Country Now, March 22, 2012
Retired Parry Sound justice of the peace victim of elder abuse
A former Peel Regional Police detective and an Ontario court justice of the peace has fallen victim to elder abuse. A woman he hired to help him at his cottage has been charged for two counts of fraud under $5,000 and has been sentenced to nine months probation and ordered to repay the $1,800 she stole from the man’s account.


22.       INTERNATIONAL (Wanganui, New Zealand), Wanganui Chronicle, March 21, 2012
New laws help fight abuse of our elderly
The major thrust of the Crimes Amendment Act, which came into effect Monday, means that anyone ignoring the abuse of a child or vulnerable adult could be liable to a jail term of up to 10 years. Most of the media attention has focused on this piece of legislation’s implication for children, but Age Concern Wanganui aims to remind people of the impact this could have on detection of abuse of older adults.


23.       INTERNATIONAL (Lagos, Nigeria), The Nation, March 21, 2012
A senator’s thought for the elderly
Mrs. Ouremi Tinubu, who represents Lagos Central District in the Senate, presented a ground breaking Bill in the Senate towards ensuring social security for the elderly.


24.       INTERNATIONAL (Cambridge, United Kingdom),, March 22, 2012
Hidden cameras expose pair who abused elderly
Two abusive caregivers have been sentenced after their cruelty was caught on camera by Elder Protection, an Ely-based charity. Elder Protection placed several cameras in place after receiving tips that residents at a care home were being abused.




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Monday, March 19, 2012

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1.         CALIFORNIA (Cameron Park), Sacramento Bee, March 16, 2012
Nurses face felony charges in death of Cameron Park man’s wife
An 81-year-old Cameron Park man who served during three wars won the fight of his life this week when California's attorney general charged two nurses with felony elder abuse in connection with the 2008 death of his beloved wife, who had suffered from both physical abuse and criminal neglect.


2.         CALIFORNIA (El Dorado), Lompoc Record, March 16, 2012
2 El Dorado County nurses charged with elder abuse
Prosecutors charged two nursing home workers with felony elder abuse after a 77-year-old woman was neglected at a Placerville facility shortly before she died in 2008. The elderly woman, who suffered from chronic constipation, died at a hospital after suffering severe fecal impaction, and doctors also found unexplained bruising on her body.


3.         CALIFORNIA (Lodi), Sacramento Bee, March 19, 2012
Lodi police said nurse imposters took credit card from man
Two women were arrested by Lodi police on suspicion of stealing from an elderly man while they posed as medical workers. At least one other person, a woman in Galt, was targeted by the pair, police said.


4.         CALIFORNIA (Long Beach), OC Breeze, March 17, 2012
Long Beach man pleads guilty to grand theft
A man was convicted today of stealing $302,000 from investors by fraudulently promising to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes for a profit. The suspect pled guilty to two felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of untrue statements in connection with a purchase or sale of securities and the use of a scheme to defraud, one felony count of financial exploitation of an elder, and a sentencing enhancement for property loss exceeding $200,000


5.         CALIFORNIA (Placerville), The Republic, March 16, 2012
2 El Dorado County nursing home workers charged with felony elder abuse of patient
Prosecutors charged two nursing home workers with felony elder abuse after a 77-year-old woman was neglected at a Placerville facility shortly before she died in 2008. The victim was an Alzheimer's patient who spent two weeks at the El Dorado Care Center to recover from pneumonia.


6.         COLORADO (Denver), Denver Post, March 15, 2012
Colorado Senate panel OKs task force on elder abuse
A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would create a task force to study the reporting of abuse and neglect of at-risk adults — legislation even the bill's sponsor said didn't do as much as she would like to protect vulnerable populations.


7.         CONNECTICUT (Stratford), Acorn Online, March 19, 2012
Event to focus on fraud and scam prevention for seniors
The event, “Fraud & Scams,” will be presented by People’s United Bank, whose Masters Program is recognized nationally for its leadership in initiating crime prevention and awareness programs for senior citizens. The event is free and open to the public.


8.         IOWA (Iowa City), KCRG, March 17, 2012
2 Iowa City Nursing Homes Consistently Receive Low Marks
Most of the 14 nursing homes in the Iowa City area are making the grade under federal quality ratings, but two facilities with higher-than-average health inspection deficiencies have consistently received failing scores over the past three years, an analysis of government ratings shows.

9.         MASSACHUSETTS (Dartmouth), Sacramento Bee, March 16, 2012
No negligence found in Mass. Centenarian death
An arbitrator has found no negligence by a Massachusetts nursing home in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 100-year-old woman who prosecutors say was killed by her 98-year-old roommate. The family of the victim plans to appeal this ruling.


10.       MICHIGAN (Berrien County), Niles Star, March 14, 2012
Rep Sharon Tyler: Strengthening protection for the elderly
Recently, a package of bills was introduced to the House to help increase the reporting of elder abuse in Michigan and strengthen penalties for those convicted of abuse. Senate Bills 454-468 focus on strengthening protection for vulnerable and at-risk senior citizens without overburdening guardians.


11.       OHIO (Columbus), Lancaster Eagle Gazette, March 19, 2012
Ohio cities not prepared for baby boomer flood
Researchers say that just eight years from now, a quarter of all residents in half of the state’s 88 counties will be 60 or older. Federal funding through the Older Americans Act hasn’t kept pace with inflation, let alone the spike in the elderly population.


12.       OHIO (West Chester), Fox 19, March 19, 2012
Elder Abuse and Fraud Workshop offered March 31
In honor of Butler County Prosecutor’s Elder Abuse Awareness Month, The West Chester Township Police Department will offer an Elder Abuse and Fraud Workshop on March 31.


13.       OHIO (Youngstown),, March 14, 2012
Statistics tell dramatic aging story in Mahoning Valley
The impact of a growing older population is also growing the need for services in the face of funding cuts. For instance, funding from the federal Older Americans Act was reduced $180,000 for 2012, and a 46 percent cut in state dollars for the year.


14.       OKLAHOMA (Oklahoma City), KFOR, March 15, 2012
New bill to protect elderly, vulnerable,0,1828137.story
House Bill 2582 would require long-term care job applicants to have their fingerprints taken for a criminal background check.


15.       TENNESSEE (Monroe County), WBIR, March 16, 2012
Update: Autopsy confirms elderly woman's death caused by caregiver's attack
Preliminary autopsy results show that a senior citizen who died after being attacked by her live-in caretaker did in fact die of injuries sustained in that attack, says the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The suspect was originally charged with aggravated assault, but her charges have since been upgraded to second degree murder and elder abuse.


16.       VERMONT (Montpelier), The Republic, March 19, 2012
Vermont court hears bid to dismiss lawsuit for failures in Adult Protective Services

The state has filed a motion to dismiss a suit brought against the state by Vermont Legal Aid for the groups Disability Rights Vermont and the Community of Vermont Elders on the grounds that the people named as bringing suit haven’t suffered any injuries.


17.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada),, March 17, 2012
Stiffer sentences won’t fix problem of elder abuse
A Canadian politician predicts that stiffer sentences for elder abuse won’t prevent the incidents because it doesn’t address the root cause of elder abuse.


18.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), The Star, March 19, 2012
Protecting seniors from elder abuse takes more than justice legislation
Experts agree that, in addition to legislation, individual provinces in Canada will have to provide improved services to older adults in order to effectively tackle the issue of elder abuse.


19.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), The Chronicle Herald, March 19, 2012
Elder abuse
This article covers recent bill proposals by the Canadian government to both improve training and pay for institutional caregivers, and stiffen criminal penalties against those who target the elderly for abuse.


20.       INTERNATIONAL (Toronto, Canada), Carman Valley Leader, March 17, 2012
Feds toughen sentences for elderly abuse
Ottawa is introducing legislation requiring the courts to take a victim’s age and vulnerability into account during sentencing.


21.       INTERNATIONAL (London, United Kingdom), Digital Spy, March 19, 2012
‘Emmerdale’ Gemma Oaten: ‘Ashley, Sandy abuse plot is heartbreaking’
The soap opera, ‘Emmerdale,’ will feature a story arc on elder abuse. In preparation, writers and actors did extensive research, which included looking into Action on Elder Abuse, a charity for the protection of vulnerable older people.




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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012


1.         ARIZONA (Tucson), KPHO, March 13, 2012
Home health worker convicted of patient theft

A 46-year-old former caregiver was found guilty on one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of theft/financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The thefts occurred over a seven-month period. The perpetrator faces anywhere from 6 ½ to 25 years in prison.


2.         ARIZONA (Tucson), My Fox Phoenix, March 13, 2012
Caretaker Convicted of Defrauding Vulnerable Adult 
Over the course of seven months, a 46-year-old former caregiver defrauded a vulnerable adult of money in Tucson. The loss was discovered by the patient's family member, who received notices for insufficient funds.


3.         CALIFORNIA (Santa Clara Valley), Mercury News, March 12, 2012
Los Gatos shorts: Free elder abuse seminar scheduled
 Silicon Valley Village, a nonprofit organization that deals with senior issues, is sponsoring a seminar on elder abuse on March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center. The group is known for its services that help seniors remain in their homes as they age.


4.         FLORIDA (Lee County), Wink News, March 14, 2012
LCSO Operation Medicine Cabinet 2012 kick-off a success
Operation Medicine Cabinet Wednesday collected over eight large bins of unused medications and introduced citizens to the secure drug drop off boxes, located at each of our district offices and headquarters. Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership Coalition was present to provide information about elder neglect, exploitation and abuse.


5.         IOWA (Shoreview), KSTP, March 13, 2012
Shoreview, Roseville Workshops Address Elder Abuse
Shoreview and Roseville are teaming up to offer workshops about preventing elder abuse. The sessions, presented by the cities’ Human Rights Commissions, will talk about protecting people from scammers and how to report elder abuse crimes.


6.         KENTUCKY (Frankfort), WFPL News, March 14, 2012
House Passes Adult Abuse Registry Bill
The Kentucky House of Representatives has endorsed the creation of an adult abuse registry. The bill that would create that registry has been a priority of lawmakers for years, but funding hasn’t been there. But this year, Governor Steve Beshear allocated funds for the registry in the budget.


7.         MICHIGAN (Lansing), Niles Star, March 14, 2012
Rep. Sharon Tyler: Strengthening protection for the elderly
Michigan Rep. Sharon Tyler asks Michiganders to show support for a package of bills introduced to the House to help increase the reporting of elder abuse in Michigan and strengthen penalties for those convicted of abuse.


8.         NEBRASKA (Omaha),, March 14, 2012
Hotline a fraud fighter for seniors
Infuriating and relentless scams that target seniors were the catalyst for the creation of the BBB Senior Line Program, which includes a statewide toll-free hotline (877-637-3334) for seniors to call for help in assessing the legitimacy of offers they may be considering. The hotline also serves as an aid to senior citizens who want to identify trustworthy businesses from which to purchase products and services.


9.         NEW YORK (Utica), WKTV, March 13, 2012
Utica man accused of extorting 90 year old woman
A Utica man is accused of burglarizing a 90-year-old woman’s house several times over the past six months, and recently contacted her and offered to sell her back her belongings. The woman contacted the Elder Abuse Coalition Program, who then contacted Utica Police. The suspect allegedly used two children to retrieve the money and return the belongings to the woman.


10.       OHIO (Charleston), Cleveland Banner, March 15, 2012
Sandy McClellon sought in alleged elder abuse case
A warrant has been issued for a man wanted on failure to appear charges and a new charge of alleged elder abuse. Police began investigating the suspect after receiving information that McClellon had been staying with his father and was “not treating him right.” His father has since passed away.


11.       OHIO (Columbus), Sacramento Bee, March 13, 2012
Ohio facility may lose license after meth lab fire
The state of Ohio is taking steps to revoke the license of a nursing home that had a fatal methamphetamine lab fire and was later found to be violating federal regulations, the Ohio Department of Health said Tuesday.


12.       OHIO (Hamilton),, March 13, 2012
Prosecutors Set Up Task Force To Fight Elder Abuse
Butler County prosecutors say elder abuse is on the rise, so they’ve created a task force to help victims speak up. To report scams against the elderly in Butler County, call the hotline set up by prosecutors at 1-888-662-3973.

13.       RHODE ISLAND (Smithfield), Valley Breeze, March 14, 2012
Whistleblowing Hebert nurse out of work and license in jeopardy
A psychiatric nurse lost her job when she made a phone call that set into motion a recent investigation of sexual abuse that almost cost the Hebert Nursing Home its status as Medicare and Medicaid Provider


14.       INTERNATIONAL (British Columbia, Canada), Maple Ridge News, March 14, 2012
B.C. begins overhaul of senior care
Faced with a sweeping report from the B.C. Ombudsperson on problems and inconsistencies in senior care, Health Minister Mike de Jong has launched an effort to simplify the path navigated by families finding health care for the elderly. De Jong said the health ministry will launch a toll-free phone line by June for people to express concerns about the system. A new seniors’ advocate office is to be established at an unspecified later date.


15.       INTERNATIONAL (Edmonton, Canada), St. Albert Gazette, March 14, 2012
St. Albert family says 80-year-old mother received inadequate care
A St. Albert family is speaking out about the care their 80-year-old mother received, both at Youville Home in St. Albert and at a private Edmonton facility, which they say evicted the senior via ambulance after the family refused to pay higher fees.


16.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada),, March 15, 2012
Feds to table elder abuse bill
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson is expected to announce new legislation Thursday that will amend the Criminal Code to add ``vulnerability due to age'' as an aggravating factor during sentencing.


17.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), The Star, March 14, 2012
Tories plan tougher sentences for elder abuse
The Canadian Press has learned that Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and seniors minister Alice Wong are to announce amendments to the Criminal Code on Thursday in Toronto.


18.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), CBC.CA, March 15, 2012
Elder abuse sentences to be toughened
Proposed changes would make age-related abuse an aggravating factor in sentencing offenders, so people convicted of some type of age-related abuse would face stiffer sentences. Stiffer sentencing provisions were among the Conservatives’ promises during the last election campaign, and were also proposed by the NDP during the campaign.


19.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), The Globe and Mail, March 15, 2012
NDP, Conservatives table bills aimed at boosting seniors’ quality of life
Both the NDP and the Conservatives tabled separate bills aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors. The NDP proposed legislation that would automatically register seniors for the guaranteed income supplement, while the Conservatives offered amendments to the Criminal ode that would impose tougher sentences on those convicted of elder abuse.


20.       INTERNATIONAL (Ottawa, Canada), CTV, March 15, 2012
Feds promise tough sentences for crimes against seniors
The federal government is introducing legislation that calls for tougher sentences for those convicted of elder abuse. The legislation does not call for specific penalties in cases involving the victimization of seniors, but calls on judges to use their discretion in each case. Judges will also be allowed to determine whether or not a victim qualifies as a “senior.”


21.       INTERNATIONAL (Vancouver, Canada), News 1130, March 15, 2012
If you suspect elder abuse, speak up!
The federal government says it plans to come down more harshly on people who abuse the elderly, and British Columbia’s Council of Senior Citizens’ Associations says that victims need to come forward, as many cases of abuse go unreported.


22.       INTERNATIONAL (South Tyneside, United Kingdom), Shields Gazette, March 13, 2012
‘Don’t let care home probe be a whitewash’ urge family
The South Tyneside care home now under review has been littered with controversy, including a 22-year-old care assistant who carried out ‘degrading’ attacks on two elderly residents.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

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1.         CALIFORNIA (Fresno), Fresno Bee, March 8, 2012

Local news briefs: woman arrested in elder abuse case


A Fresno woman faces charges of elder abuse and embezzlement after a two-year investigation. Bail has been set at $225,000.


2.         CALIFORNIA (Fresno), ABC Local, March 9, 2012

Elder abuse cases may slip through cracks


A Clovis woman's arrest this week for an alleged senior scam culminated a long investigation by the Fresno County sheriff's elder abuse unit. The county's elder abuse unit once had five investigators between the sheriff's office and the police department. It's now shrunk to just two.


3.         CALIFORNIA (Modesto), The Modesto Bee, March 11, 2012

Volunteers needed to provide legal aid for elderly in Modesto


The Senior Law Project is an organization that provides free legal assistance to the elderly residents of Stanislaus County. The group has 489 clients, and it needs more help.


4.         CALIFORNIA (San Francisco), SF Examiner, March 12, 2012

Gold Dust Lounge serving drinks, defiance


The owners of the Gold Dust Lounge at Union Square have filed a lawsuit against the building owners, claiming they were deceived in lease negotiations, constituting fraud and elder abuse.


5.         CALIFORNIA (Yolo County), Sacramento Bee, March 8, 2012

Calistoga woman sentenced in Yolo County embezzlement, elder abuse case


A Calistoga woman has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for embezzlement, elder abuse and tax evasion. The court ordered the transfer of more than $300,000 in money and property from the perpetrator back to the victim as payment of restitution.


6.         FLORIDA (Tallahassee), The Miami Herald, March 10, 2012

Lawmakers fail to agree on ALF reform bill


House and Senate leaders failed to agree on historic reforms for the state’s troubled assisted living facilities, delivering a crushing blow to elder advocates who had long been pleading for changes.


7.         ILLINOIS (Oak Park), The Chicago Tribune, March 11, 2012

Oak Park nursing home failed to supervise 2 patients before deadly fight, state says,0,6544472.story


An Oak Park nursing home failed to supervise two patients with histories of aggressive outbursts before a fight that left one dead, according to a report released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.


8.         ILLINOIS (Springfield), Morris Daily Herald, March 9, 2012

IDFPR completes state-wide sweep


Examiners from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) have completed a state-wide compliance sweep of banks and credit unions found the vast majority of bank and credit union customer service staff has completed newly mandated financial exploitation training. This training is required by a new state law designed to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation.


9.         MICHIGAN (Branch County), The Coldwater Daily Reporter, March 10. 2012

Elder Abuse  Task Force goes to work


An elder abuse task force was formed in Branch County, including the Branch County Commission on Aging, the Area Agency on Aging, and several local professionals. The three main objectives for this year are to develop a protocol that would define abuse, neglect, exploitation of vulnerable adults, explain the referral process, and identify intervention possibilities, including what specific resources are in place.


10.       MINNESOTA (Hastings), Hastings Star Gazette, March 12, 2012

Police department plans ‘Communities Against Senior Exploitation’ event here


The Hastings Police Department will host an informational and educational program on March 22nd.  “Communities Against Senior Exploitation” is a proactive program providing critical information related to the various methods of financial exploitation and simple strategies to avoid becoming a victim.


11.       NEW YORK (Buffalo), ABA Journal, March 12, 2012

Disinherited Charities Sue Ex-Nixon Peabody Lawyer Over $748,500 They Say He Got Via Undue Influence


A former Nixon Peabody lawyer is facing a case brought by another well-known law firm in Buffalo, N.Y., over $748,500 that onetime charitable beneficiaries of a woman who died in 2008 say he obtained through undue influence.


12.       OREGON (Gresham), Gov Info Security, March 9, 2012

Social Media Abuse Leads to Jail Time


A former Oregon nursing assistant posted graphic photos of patients at a nursing home, along with derogatory comments, to her Facebook page. The woman was sentenced to 8 days in jail, two years of probation, plus community service and was ordered to pay a $500 fine. She also surrendered her nursing certificate and was fired from her job. The judge also ordered her to write a 1,000- word apology to a patient.


13.       OREGON (Junction City), KEZI, March 10, 2012

Elder Abuse Legislation Aligns with Child Abuse Laws


A town hall meeting in Junction City addressed the new bill that was passed this  year on elder abuse. The bill gives police access to health care and financial records when investigating elder abuse and doubles the time investigators have to prosecute crimes of the abuse. 


14.       PENNSYLVANIA (Harrisburg), Republican Herald, March 12, 2012

Schuylkill alliance against elder abuse makes recommendations to state


Wearing silver ribbons signifying their support of the elderly, members of the Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance Inc. spoke at a roundtable discussion at the state Capitol, Harrisburg, sharing the keys to the success of the Schuylkill County task force and providing recommendations to state lawmakers to help prevent elder abuse. 


15.       INTERNATIONAL (Queensland, Australia), The Australian, March 10, 2012

Campbell Newman Ally John Brent faces ‘$300,000 abuse’ probe


A prominent politician has been investigated for alleged financial abuse involving more than $300,000 belonging to elderly acquaintances who suffer dementia. 


16.       INTERNATIONAL (Sydney, Australia), Aged Care INSite, March 12, 2012

Protecting the vulnerable


Linda Starr, an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Flinders University, South Australia, calls for national reform to protect Australian elders from abuse and neglect. 


17.       INTERNATIONAL (British Columbia, Canada), The Province, March 8, 2012

Accused manager may have committed elder abuse after police investigation


It’s possible a manager who allegedly preyed on vulnerable elders in a northern B.C. seniors’ home committed additional crimes in the months after a police investigation was completed 


18.       INTERNATIONAL (Toronto, Canada), The Spec, March 9, 2012

Elderly widow fights to get home back


An 83-year-old woman was isolated, verbally abused and fed substandard meals by her home caregiver. She lost control of a $477,000 home and her life savings. Now she is fighting to get them back. 


19.       INTERNATIONAL (Nelson, New Zealand),, March 10, 2012

Robbing our aged


In light of recent cases of elder abuse in the media, this article gives an overview of the issue of elder abuse in New Zealand and give suggestions as to how to prevent it. 


20.       INTERNATIONAL (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), The National, March 11, 2012

A wake-up call on care for the elderly


The number of Emiratis over the age of 60 has grown by 22 per cent in a span of five years and the number is projected to increase by another 20 per cent in the next five years (to reach 47,000 by 2015), creating concerns over how the country will be able to care for such a rapidly-growing population. 


21.       INTERNATIONAL (Ireland, United Kingdom), Irish Times, March 12, 2012

DPP not to prosecute after abuse inquiry


The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to prosecute in the case of elder abuse allegations filed by five separate residents (including claims of serious physical and verbal abuse)




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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.