NCEA Newsfeed 3/5/14

Newsfeed – Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The newsfeed includes articles and stories related to abuse of elders and adults with disabilities.  Articles related to elders appear in the top half of the newsfeed.  Articles related to abuse of adults with disabilities appear towards the bottom.  To subscribe to the NCEA listserv, please send an email with your name, occupation, your organization/agency name, city and state, and a statement about your professional interest or expertise in elder abuse to  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


A calendar of upcoming elder abuse and neglect events and funding opportunities can be found at the bottom of the newsfeed.





NATIONAL, The Diane Rehm Show, February 27, 2014

Managing your elderly parents’ finances

Sally Hurme, project adviser at AARP, Naomi Karp, senior policy analyst for CFPB, and Elizabeth Lowey, chief of the Elder Abuse Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office all spoke on the Diane Rehm Show about protecting against financial elder abuse.  Please find the recording, transcript, and related links here.


ARIZONA (Tucson), Tucson News Now, February 27, 2014

Nursing assistant faces sexual assault charges

Tucson Police arrested a man on sexual assault charges involving a 79-year-old woman who lived at an assisted care facility, officials said. The victim reported the abuse happened as many as 20 times last year. According to the interim complaint, the victim said she was afraid and told her daughter twice about the alleged abuse.


CALIFORNIA (Yucaipa), News Mirror, February 28, 2014

Cheryl Arendt arrested for elder abuse

A 60-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 17 at 10:58 p.m., for elder abuse when her mother called 9-1-1.  The victim stated she felt helpless against her daughter’s anger and disruptive behavior.


COLORADO (Fort Morgan), Fort Morgan Times Seniors, February 27, 2014

Responsibilities, limitations for protecting at-risk adults

In 2012 Adult Protective Services (APS) responded to 11,000 reports of mistreatment or self-neglect of at-risk adults in Colorado. These reports involve the abuse, exploitation and neglect of people 18 or older who cannot provide for their own health, safety or welfare; or obtain services necessary to keep themselves safe and healthy.


ILLINOIS (Glenview), Daily Herald, February 27, 2014

Prosecutor: Woman turns down plea deal in Lincolnshire theft case

A Glenview woman accused of stealing $255,000 from an 89-year-old man rejected a plea deal with Lake County prosecutors Thursday that could have resulted in her avoiding jail time. The woman pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of financial exploitation of the elderly, theft and money laundering that could send her to prison for four to 15 years.


MASSACHUSETTS (Brockton), The Enterprise, February 27, 2014

Elder abuse a problem not yet on public's radar

There were 666 reported cases of elder abuse reported in the greater Brockton area in the past seven months, but the actual number could be far higher, according to experts who say that for every reported case of abuse there are five that go unreported. In Brockton, there were 166 reported cases of elder abuse from July through January. In Stoughton, where police are investigating a horrific case of elder abuse, there were 37.


MASSACHUSETTS (Stoughton), Boston Herald, February 28, 2014

‘Deplorable’ abuse of elder

A 75-year-old woman withered away helplessly in a frigid Stoughton basement while under the care of a suspect facing criminal charges in what cops said was “one of the worst cases of elder abuse and neglect we’ve ever seen.”  The victim “had sores that were down to the bone” and was malnourished and dehydrated when police found her in a cramped 8-by-10 corner of the basement of her caregiver’s home, Stoughton police executive officer Robert Devine said.


PENNSYLVANIA (Corry), Go Erie, February 28, 2014

Corry woman admits neglecting mother, 86

A Corry woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Erie County Court to charges that she neglected her 86-year-old mother to the point that her mother was hospitalized with the type of pressure sores that reach muscle and bone. She admitted under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Matthew Militello that she failed to provide medical care for her mother between Sept. 26, 2012, and May 10, 2013, resulting in her mother's admission to Corry Memorial Hospital.


WISCONSIN (Cross Plains), Wisconsin State Journal, February 28, 2014

Complaint: Cross Plains woman took more than $350,000 from mother with dementia

A Cross Plains woman who had power of attorney for her elderly mother who suffers from dementia was charged Thursday with stealing more than $350,000 from her mother’s bank accounts.  According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, the 62-year-old woman is charged with two counts of theft in a business setting for allegedly transferring money or writing checks from her 89-year-old mother’s accounts that were deposited into her own bank account.




TENNESSEE, WBIR, February 27, 2014

State fights back against abuse of disabled adults

The beating of Prince Bradley is one of 611 documented cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with intellectual disabilities receiving state-funded care in 2013 — a year in which the department provided services to 8,771 individuals either directly or through private contractors. State officials say the large number of substantiated cases is, in part, a result of high standards. The state goes farther than others in its requirement to report and investigate even seemingly minor incidents that result in no direct harm, Theresa Sloan said.


INTERNATIONAL (United Kingdom), February 26, 2014

Ralph's Close abuse: Health trust apologises to families

The Western Health Trust has apologised to the families of 11 vulnerable adults after an investigation confirmed allegations of abuse. The investigation followed allegations made by whistleblowers that men and women with severe learning disabilities were being physically and verbally abused.




NATIONAL, The Washington Post, February 25, 2014

Same-sex couples encounter more barriers when seeking senior housing, study finds

Gay, lesbian and bisexual couples seeking senior housing receive less favorable quotes on pricing, availability, and amenities than heterosexual couples, according to a report released Wednesday by the Equal Rights Center in Washington.  According to the report, “Opening Doors: An Investigation of Barriers to Senior Housing for Same-Sex Couples,” in 48 percent of the 200 tests, the LGB tester with a same-sex spouse encountered at least one type of adverse differential treatment compared with the heterosexual tester with an opposite-sex spouse.


CALIFORNIA (Jurupa Valley), The Press-Enterprise, February 27, 2014

Missing dementia patient found dead

A 74-year-old dementia patient reported missing from Jurupa Valley has been found dead in that city, sheriff’s officials announced a week after the body was discovered. Geronimo Sanchez walked away from a live-in care facility Feb. 15 along the 5300 block of 36th Street.


CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles), CBS Los Angeles, February 25, 2014

91-Year-Old Man With Dementia Goes Missing In Lynwood

Los Angeles police are seeking the public’s assistance in finding a 91-year-old man with dementia who went missing in Lynwood. The man was last seen leaving his residence in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday.


CALIFORNIA (Moreno Valley), The Press-Enterprise, February 28, 2014

MORENO VALLEY: Man with dementia reported missing

A Moreno Valley man suffering from dementia was reported missing Friday, Feb. 28, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The 77-year-old man, was last seen at the downtown Riverside bus terminal.


CALIFORNIA (Springville), Daily Herald, February 28, 2014

Springville woman missing, may be in early stages of dementia

Springville Police Department received a missing person report yesterday for 78-year-old Springville resident that police say was last seen on Feb. 19 by a granddaughter at a residence in Springville. She may be in the early stages of dementia.


FLORIDA, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 27, 2014

Freddie Hall: Intellectually disabled but on death row

The Florida Hall has been denied permission to present evidence of his intellectual disability because he has obtained IQ scores slightly above 70. The Florida Supreme Court's 2007 ruling means that the state doesn't consider evidence of Hall's disability in making a determination of whether he is legally eligible for execution.  Intellectual disability experts argue that the Florida standard for assessing intellectual disability in death penalty cases is clinically and scientifically unjustified.


 ILLINOIS (Huntley), The Courier-News, March 4, 2014

Huntley woman found dead in snow was suffering from dementia

An elderly Sun City Huntley woman found dead and barely dressed in the snow on Saturday had been showing signs of dementia, her family told investigators. But an autopsy on her body on Monday left the Kane County Coroner’s Office unable immediately to conclude what had caused her death.


INTERNATIONAL (Canada), CBC News, February 27, 2014

Family members banned from care facilities threaten legal action

People who say they are being prevented from visiting family members at long-term care facilities in Alberta, but not told why, are asking the government to step in. One woman claims she was banned for a day from seeing her husband staying at a Covenant Health facility in Edmonton after she asked to stay in the room while he was changed to check for bedsores.




 Upcoming Elder Abuse Conferences/Training Events (in chronological order):



  • The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is holding its second webinar featuring Dr. Nora Baladerian’s presentation, “Crime Victims with Disabilities: An Overview for Professionals in the Criminal Justice System” on February 27th at 12:30 CST, 1:30 EST.  This comprehensive webinar will present an overview of the issues surrounding victimization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and where various professionals fit into the solution.  Contact with any questions.  To register please use the following link  


  • The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care will be hosting a Free Webinar called “Tips and Tools for Preventing and Responding to Financial Exploitation in Long-Term Care Facilities” on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 3:00- 4:30 ET. Topics include: The role of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in financial protection and education of older adults and share new resources attendees can use with consumers; The responsibilities and oversight of representative payees and how attendees can support the rights of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries and report suspicion of misuse of benefits by a representative payee; Case scenarios; New consumer factsheets regarding the prevention, detection and reporting of financial exploitation in nursing home and assisted living facilities. Space is limited. To register, click here:


  • Aging in America 2014 Conference by the American Society on Aging (March 11-15, 2014) presents the National Forum on Elder Justice Thursday, March 13th from 1:00pm-5:00pm PST.  The program will examine elder justice from a multidisciplinary perspective, looking at everything from research and practice to policy and the impact of elder abuse on diverse populations.  Pre-registration is required.  Find more information here:   


  • 14th Annual International Family Justice Conference “The Root of All Crime” is April 2-4, 2014 in San Diego, CA.  The conference will include training and interactive peer to peer discussions on issues related to the handling of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse and stalking cases with special focus on law enforcement response, criminal prosecution, civil legal assistance, and advocacy.  For more information click here:



  • The 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship will be convened on May 28-30th , 2014 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. It is sponsored by the National Guardianship Network in affiliation with the International Guardianship Network. The theme of the conference is, “Promising Practices to Ensure Excellence in Guardianship Around the World.” Proposals for presentations are due July 31.  See


  • The 2014 Consumer Voice Annual Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia from November 15-19, 2014.  There will be speakers in the field, long-term care policy updates from key experts, and tools and resources for advocacy.  Registration and the conference agenda details will be coming soon.  For questions, contact:   



Funding Opportunities:

  • The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for research and evaluation related to the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly individuals. Research that includes residents of residential care facilities also will be considered. Research proposed may be focused at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policy and/or practice level. The closing date for the application is April 25, 2014.  Click here for more information:



An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


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