NCEA Newsfeed 7/2/14



NCEA Newsfeed – Wednesday, July 02, 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.




ALABAMA (Florence), WHNTNews19, June 30, 2014

Third person indicted in Shoals elder abuse case

A 59-year-old woman is charged with theft of property and emotional abuse of an elderly person. The woman and 2 of her family members are accused of cashing forged checks for nearly $14,000.


ARIZONA (Phoenix), Arizona Daily Star, June 29, 2014

Court: Hospitals can be sued for elder abuse

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday hospitals can be sued under special laws adopted to protect vulnerable adults, saying the elderly can be abused anywhere.


CALIFORNIA (Sacramento), PRweb, June 30, 2014

Caution Urged: Poor Patient Hygiene Directly tied to Elder Neglect in Nursing Homes

The Stop EA (Elder Abuse) campaign has recently launched a new campaign to remind those who have loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to watch for signs of poor hygiene because it could be a result of elder neglect or a red flag that your loved one is at an increased risk of elder neglect and abuse.


COLORADO (Boulder), Daily Camera, June 27, 2014

Grand jury indicts 2 in alleged Boulder real estate scam

A grand jury has voted to indict two Boulder men, one of whom is accused of tricking an 86-year-old woman into selling him her Sixth Street home and funneling to the other more than $30,000 in rent collection from the property. 


COLORADO (Denver), CBS Denver, June 27, 2014

Mandatory Reporting Of Elder Abuse Taking Effect

A law taking effect July 1 requires certain health professionals and social workers to report suspected abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of any person who is 70 or older and an “at-risk” elder.


FLORIDA (Fort Myers), WZVN-HD, June 30, 2014

New law aims to prevent financial exploitation of elderly

A new law presumes that if an elderly person gives $10,000 to someone they've known less than two years, it's likely they're being scammed and could be investigated.


KENTUCKY (Lexington),, June 29, 2014

Kentucky must do better by elders

A new study ranks Kentucky's long-term care 51st among the states and Washington, D.C. Not only did Kentucky score worst overall and near the bottom on most measures, the score declined from 2011 to 2014.


OHIO (Columbus), The Columbus Dispatch, June 28, 2014

Owner of 8 facilities indicted

The owner of a cluster of central Ohio nursing homes has been indicted on 39 charges, including fraud, forgery and unlawfully operating a nursing home.


OREGON (Portland), The Legal Examiner, July 1, 2014

Elder Abuse: 3 Types Common in Nursing Homes

When nursing home staff are overworked and pushed to the breaking point in terms of work load and burdensome staffing ratios, patience and tolerance are affected, frequently resulting in patient injury and even abuse.


SOUTH CAROLINA (Columbia),The Washington Times, June 30, 2014

Audit suggests creating SC adult abuse registry

At least 20 states already have an adult abuse registry. An audit of the agency that serves South Carolinians with disabilities finds the Legislature can curb abuse and neglect by requiring a central registry and allowing electronic monitoring of facilities’ common areas.


TEXAS (Dallas), The Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2014

Protecting seniors from financial abuse focus of new efforts

AARP and the American Bankers Association’s Community Engagement Foundation will work together to protect the financial security of older Americans during a  two-year partnership that will focus on protecting older Americans from financial abuse and exploitation.


WISCONSIN (Cambridge),, June 30, 2014

Stopping elder abuse a priority in Dane County

There were 487 reported victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in Dane County last year. Many situations of abuse and neglect go unreported, increasing the need for community awareness of the issue and the resources available. 




THE PHILIPPINES (Manila), Philippines News Agency, June 30, 2014

Like children, elderly persons also need protection from abuse

Sad to say, there seems to be no adequate laws or policies that will protect older persons from institutional, community and domestic abuse and violence in the Philippines. Several Elderly Rights Organizations are advocating for adults in their twilight years to be protected from maltreatment by others.




NEBRASKA (Omaha),, July 1, 2014

Authorities: Negligence led to Iowa woman’s death

Two southwest Iowa care providers of an assisted-living facility were arrested last week for alleged negligence in 2013 that ultimately led to the death of a 51-year-old woman on suspicion of dependent adult abuse.


SOUTH CAROLINA (Columbia), The Post and Courier, June 30, 2014

Audit: Adult caregivers often hired without backgrounds checks

About 25 percent of direct caregivers hired by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs are hired without knowledge of their criminal history, according to an audit released Monday. Advocates for the disabled heralded the audit as proof something should change.




FLORIDA (Clarksville),, June 27, 2014

Clarksville woman with dementia reported missing

A 79-year-old Clarksville woman with dementia has gone missing and was last seen at her home on North Meadow Drive at 9 a.m. Friday.


FLORIDA (Hialeah),, June 28, 2014

Hialeah police seek elderly man with dementia

Hialeah police are asking for the public's help in finding an 80-year-old man with dementia last seen Friday afternoon near his home on West Eight Court.


KANSAS (Topeka),, July 1, 2014

Topeka police seek missing woman who has dementia

Topeka Police Department officers are looking for a 61-year-old Topeka woman who has dementia who was last seen at 3 p.m. Monday in the 2700 block of S.W. Villa West Drive.




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


•            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 15-18, 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:  


•             Aging in America Conference, March 23-27 in Chicago, Illinois, is now accepting applications from previous exhibitors to exhibit at the conference.  Other exhibitors will be notified in June.  For more information on exhibiting, please contact Linda Jones at 415-974-9638.  For more information on the conference, visit the Aging in America website at




Funding Opportunities:


The Administration for Community Living has issued a request for proposal for two (2) SEGs to support state leadership efforts in implementing innovations in legal service delivery systems that maximize the impact of limited legal resources targeted to older adults in greatest need.  Please click on the links below to learn more:


HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-LE-0087 Model Approaches Phase II Systems Expansion Grants Due 7/7/14 – more information at



An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


National Center on Elder Abuse

Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect

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Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

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