NCEA Newsfeed 6/11/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Wednesday, June 11, 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.







ALASKA (Anchorage), KTUU-TV, Jun 8, 2014

'Swear to Care': Nurses Lead Discussion on Abuse in Alaska

The event, called “Swear to Care”, was created to educate the public about interpersonal violence. The UAA nursing students are hopeful others will learn what to look for when it does happen, and how they can help stop and prevent it.  Interpersonal violence in its many forms affects far too many here in Alaska, and the nurses gathered along the trails near Westchester Lagoon want everyone to take notice.


ARIZONA (Tucson), KGUN9, June 9, 2014

Elder abuse: How banks help unsuspecting seniors

The Arizona Attorney General's Office SAFEE (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders) task force held a public awareness campaign on ways banks are stopping financial abuse.  More banks are training tellers so they can be the first to spot something suspicious.


ARIZONA (Tucson), Arizona Daily Star, June 8, 2014

Elder abuse on the rise, often at the hands of those closest

As Arizona’s elderly population grows, law enforcement and prosecutors are seeing an increase in the number of incidents of exploitation and abuse against older people.  Reports of elder exploitation in Arizona are up nearly 50 percent. The most common way seniors become victims of exploitation is through the greed and malevolence of those closest to them.


FLORIDA (Pensacola), Pensacola News Journal, June 7, 2014

United Way: Honor elders by reporting abuse

Residents, including the elderly, are asked to report elder abuse. Be an advocate for the elderly by reporting abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you suspect abuse, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 and be prepared to provide the victim’s name, address or location, approximate age, race and sex.


GEORGIA (Savannah), Savannah Morning News, June 8, 2014.

Savannah elder abuse victim wins in court, loses battle for life

70-year-old victim of cruelty and exploitation by daughter and daughter’s boyfriend passed away on May 27th at a nursing home, afraid to return to her Garden City home of 30 years. Both abusers were sentenced to 20 years in prison.


INDIANA (Columbus), The Republic, June 6, 2014

Former St. Louis insurance brokers plead guilty to defrauding elderly victims of $3M

Two former St. Louis life insurance salesmen have pleaded guilty to federal charges of defrauding numerous elderly victims out of an estimated $3 million.


MAINE (Lewiston), Sun Journal: Columns and Analysis, June 8, 2014

Jennifer Warriner: Elders are easy targets for scams

People over 50 years old control more than 70 percent of the nation’s wealth. The average victim of elder financial abuse is a woman, age 80 to 89, who lives alone, according to a MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse. Having limited contact with the outside world, she welcomes any contact to get companionship. She’s an easy target for scammers and thieves.


MISSISSIPPI (Jackson County), CBS News Channel 12, June 6, 2014

2 Jackson County Residents go to Prison for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult

A couple who operate a personal care facility in Jackson County are accused of stealing an 82-year-old World War II veteran’s Social Security and VA checks upon his death.  The abusers will serve prison sentences as well as having to pay restitution to the victim’s family.


MONTANA (Superior), Billings Gazette, June 6, 2014

Caregiver charged with elder abuse of Superior rancher

A Thompson Falls man is charged with abusing or neglecting an 84-year-old man with dementia between January and September of 2013 who allegedly used power of attorney to obtain ownership of the victim’s property and assets.


OHIO (Cincinnati), Delaware Online, June 9, 2014

Providers of elder abuse shelters will meet in Ohio

Pioneers in providing shelter for elder abuse victims are combining forces to expand efforts to give seniors an emergency refuge. Eight shelters have formed an alliance and will meet this week in Cincinnati to share best practices and hear from experts on elder abuse, increasingly recognized as a problem for the aging U.S. population.


OREGON (Albany), Albany Democrat Herald, June 7, 2014

Elder Abuse prevention

Elders are abused, neglected or exploited every day in Oregon. There are over 12,000 complaints investigated every year. The protection of our elders is a responsibility that we all share. Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect.


NEW YORK (Staten Island), SI Live, June 8, 2014

All you want to know about elder abuse Wednesday morning in St. George

On Wednesday, in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Community Agency for Senior Citizens (CASC) will address elder abuse and abandonment -- which can be emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, verbal, or in the form of financial exploitation. Just visit the information table in front of the 120th Precinct, on Richmond Terrace in St. George.


TEXAS (Pearland), The Journal, June 9, 2014

Subtle Signs: Understanding and addressing abuse, neglect and exploitation in vulnerable communities

According to a 2012 NASUAD report, 156,200 incidents of abuse have been reported in Texas, compared to the more than 16,500 incidents on average recorded in other states. While physical abuse is often more visible, other kinds of abuse – such as neglect and exploitation – can be more difficult to identify and address.


WISCONSIN (Mauston), Juneau County Star Times, June 7, 2014

Plea deal in nursing home abuse case

A Wonewoc woman charged in 2012 with abuse of a patient at a New Lisbon nursing home pleaded no contest Tuesday to a lesser crime. According to the criminal complaint, two nursing assistants at Crest View Nursing Home reported the perpetrator verbally and physically abused an 86-year-old resident.




ENGLAND (London), CTV News London, June 9, 2014

London lawyer to receive police honour for work with seniors

Award was given out by London police in honour of Insp.  Brian Young, who was committed to ending abuse and neglect of older adults.  


JAPAN (Tokyo), The Japan Times, June 8, 2014

Elderly with dementia increasingly targeted in consumer fraud

In Japan, the population of elderly with dementia who require care increased to more than 3 million in 2012 against 1.49 million in 2002. Elderly people with dementia or diminished mental capacity are increasingly being targeted in consumer fraud and related complaints and nearly doubled in the past decade, officials of the National Consumer Affairs Center reported.


MALTA (Valletta), Times of Malta, June 10, 2014

Laws to halt elder abuse

Harsher penalties for crimes perpetrated against older persons will be introduced this year in Malta. We will incorporate new forms of deterrents in the Criminal Code, specifically dealing with the abuse of older persons which previously was defined very broadly. This new legislation will include innovative concepts to ensure maximum protection, even from relatives, so as to safeguard the interests of older persons.



KENTUCKY (Lexington), ABC 36: WTVQ-DT, June 8, 2014

Lexington couple sentenced in starvation death

A Lexington couple has been sentenced for abuse and neglect in the death of their disabled adult son from starvation and dehydration.


MASSACHUSETTS (Worchester), News Telegram, June 10, 2014

2 former Community Healthlink workers charged with stealing patient's pain meds

Two employees of the Worchester Community Healthlink, an agency that provides assistance to people with developmental disabilities, were both indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury on four counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance, four counts of theft of a controlled substance, and four counts of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of an elderly or disabled person.


MICHIGAN (Detroit), The Detroit News, June 9, 2014

State suspends adult foster facility in Detroit where resident was allegedly beaten

The state suspended the license of a Detroit adult foster care facility where a worker was videotaped beating a 24-year old special-needs resident. Last week, 36th District Judge Ruth Carter ruled there was enough evidence to try the suspect on felony assault, torture and vulnerable adult abuse charges.


MINNESOTA (Minneapolis), CBS Minnesota, June 6, 2014

Man Accused Of Trying To Rape Vulnerable Woman In Walgreens

A 23-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable female in a Walgreen’s bathroom. The suspect now faces four charges of criminal sexual conduct and could get at least 15 years in prison if convicted.


ENGLAND (Manchester), Express, June 7, 2014

Crook preyed on vulnerable to steal £50k from disabled

Manchester man stole from a vulnerable adult who suffers from brain damage and schizophrenia. The abuser stole money from the victim’s bank account, took out loans in the victim’s name, and pawned some of the victim’s belongings. The 46 year old thief was caught after the victim told his father what had happened, who in turn reported it to the police.





ALASKA (Anchorage), CBS2 KTUU, June 8, 2014

Police Searching for Missing Vulnerable Adult

Police are asking the public for help in locating a 62-year-old man with dementia. He was last seen around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday leaving his assisted living home on Lakewood Drive on foot.  He is described as a black 6' tall male, weighing roughly 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, brown shirt, and black pants.


KANSAS (Hutchinson), The Hutchinson News, June 8, 2014

Growing senior population will challenge government benefits, health care

In Kansas, the number of people 65 or older, about 376,000 in the 2010 Census, will grow to more than 611,000 by 2030. By then, one out of every four Reno County residents will be 65 or older. How are we going to care for the rapidly growing number of people 65 and older? Who's going to pay for it? And how are they going to pay for it?


OKLAHOMA (Tulsa), ABC 8 Tulsa, June 10, 2014

Tecumseh Man with Dementia Last Seen Saturday

Authorities are searching for a 77-year-old man with dementia and depression. He was last seen on Saturday at 1219 Whispering Glen in Tecumseh. He was wearing a plaid western cowboy shirt, suspenders, blue jeans, cowboy hat and boots.


WASHINGTON (Seattle), King 5 News, June 10, 2014

Missing Renton man suffers from dementia

Renton Police are looking for a missing 48-year old man who suffers from early stage dementia and also has seizures. He left his apartment in the 1000 block of North 30th Street sometime between 3 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday. He is 6 feet tall, 140 pounds with brown eyes and grey hair, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-colored baseball cap and jeans.


WISCONSIN (Kenosha), Kenosha News, June 9, 2014

Elderly poverty rate improves, but needs remain

Poverty rates for elderly Americans have fallen due to government programs like Social Security and Medicare. While rates are lower, those elderly who do live in poverty are likely to stay in poverty for good. Issues like transportation, isolation, food security, housing and finding care can be difficult especially for single or widowed women.




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



•             The annual Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference, “Don’t Let the Light Go Out,” will be held on June 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM-4:45 PM in Slidell, Louisiana.  The conference will include six hours of continuing education credits for nurses, and credit is pending for lawyers, social workers, professional counselors, bankers, facility administrators and physical therapists.  A partial list of topics includes: Recognition of Injuries, the Elder Justice Act, Competence & Capacity, Domestic Violence Grown Old, The Role of Banking in Preventing and Responding to Elder Financial Exploitation and Elder Abuse and the LGBT Community.  Presenters include: Donald D. Akers Jr., JD; Harold S. Bartholomew Jr., JD; Jenefer Duane; Dean Hawley, MD; Candace J. Heisler, JD; Suzy Ritholz, PhD; Daniel Sheridan, PhD and Jane Thomas, JD.  For details, e-mail WEAAD@STSALT.ORG.  A complete list of topics, further details and registration information are available here:


•            The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held in Miami, Florida from October 22-24.  Some of the aims of this conference are to understand the evolving manifestations and the human, professional and economic implications of violence in the health and social services sector, as well as to present, promote and exchange effective sustainable initiatives and strategies addressing personal safety, organizational and environmental security, and wellbeing for all workers and clients in the health and social services sector. To register or find more information go here:



•             The National Adult Protective Services conference will take place in Portland, OR from October 29-31.  The NAPSA conference is the only national conference focused on elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.  For more information go to:


•             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:


•             The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (held by Futures Without Violence) will be March 19-21, 2015 in Washington, DC.  They are accepting abstracts for presentations through June 27, 2014.  They have accepted proposals related to elder abuse in prior years.  For more information, see:



Funding Opportunities:



•             The Administration for Community Living has issued two requests for proposals for two elder abuse-related grants.  Please click on the links below to learn more:


HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-AB-0069  National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Due 7/1/14 – more information at



•             The Hartford Silberman Center of Excellence in Aging and Diversity at Hunter College (the “Center”) announces the opportunity to apply for funding for one-year pilot research projects to begin in the fall 2014. The Center will provide funding of up to $15,000 to support community-based research that advances psychosocial knowledge in aging and enhances direct and indirect practice with older adults and their families. Center faculty will provide grantees with research mentorship and technical assistance. The program is designed to support emerging gerontological scholars in conducting community-engaged, interdisciplinary research that benefits diverse, under-represented older adults and their families.


All proposals are due by midnight Monday, June 23, 2014 via email to Rebekah Glushefski at


Please contact Rebekah Glushefski,, Program Manager or Daniel Gardner,, Director of the Center Research Core if you have any additional questions.



•             Applications for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, administered by the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, with support from the Coca-Cola Foundation.  The $100,000 prize will honor a nonprofit organization that best demonstrates Mr. Drucker’s definition of innovation: “Change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

o             Applications due July 1, 2014.

o             Additional information is available at or 909-607-9212.


•             Ribbons of Hope-Invest in Women will award a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit organization that promotes education, health, economic independence, social well-being, or human rights for woman or girls.

o             Applications due July 1, 2014.

o             Contact or find out more information at  .




An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


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