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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