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

o   More information coming soon






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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