NCEA Newsfeed – 8/15/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Friday, August 15, 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.




ARIZONA (Yuma), Yuma News Now, August 13, 2014

Tips On Avoiding Financial Exploitation

While financial abuse and scams are believed to cost seniors an estimated $3 billion annually, you can help prevent them and protect yourself by following a few simple steps.


CALIFORNIA (Oroville), Oroville Mercury-Register, August 13, 2014

Former Oroville planning commissioner gets four years in county prison for elder theft

A former member of the Oroville Planning Commission was sentenced Wednesday and also ordered to pay restitution to the three victims, including $724,977.21 to the trust of his mother and stepfather.


FLORIDA (West Palm Beach),, August 13, 2014

More Seniors Getting Swindled Out of Money

From door-to-door sales for home security systems to unscrupulous air-conditioning firms, dishonest caregivers and even family members, the elderly are targets for financial abuse.


ILLINOIS (Edwardsville),, August 14, 2014

Madison County woman sentenced for abuse of her mother (Update to previous story)

An Alton woman who pleaded guilty to criminal neglect of her 71-year-old elderly mother will serve more than five years in prison.


MASSACHUSETTS (Boston),, August 13, 2014

Verbal abuse of older adults: A disturbing influence on quality of life

Researchers from Northeastern University have determined that verbal mistreatment is a highly prevalent concern among older adults in primary care clinics because of its relation to negative mental health outcomes including poor social functioning and major depression.


MASSACHUSETTS (Quincy), The Patriot Ledger, August 13, 2014

Program on preventing elder abuse in Marshfield

Old Colony Elder Services visited the Marshfield Senior Center to offer its Elder Abuse Prevention presentation which offered tips on preventing elder abuse, signs and symptoms of abuse, and provided examples.


MINNESOTA (Hastings), Hastings Star Gazette, August 14, 2014

Information on preventing abuse and financial exploitation of elders

Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders in Minnesota (or S.A.F.E.) is an initiative that began in 2012. Several county agencies have collaborated to address abuse and exploitation against adults in later life with the mission of increasing knowledge and access to services for older adults who are victimized.


MINNESOTA (St. Paul),, August 12, 2014

Promising Effort to Curb Elder Financial Abuse

Financial abuse of the elderly has been called “the crime of the 21st Century” and as many as one in 20 older adults in America may be victims, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Can anything be done to prevent this growing disgrace?


NEW YORK (Rochester), Rochester Business Journal, August 14, 2014

Blossom North nurse sentenced to probation

A former nurse of the Blossom North facility was sentenced to three years’ probation following a series of incidents in which staff neglected or maltreated a bed-ridden resident whose legs had been amputated. 11 other registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants were also arrested in March after an investigation.


TEXAS (Austin), TWC News, August 14, 2014

Lawmakers Call on Nursing Homes with History of Abuse to Close (Video and article)

State lawmakers want any nursing home in Texas with at least three serious abuse violations over a two-year period to close its doors.


WISCONSIN (Milwaukee), Journal Sentinel, August 14, 2014

How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse

The annual financial loss for victims of elder abuse was estimated at $2.9 billion in 2010, up 12 percent over 2008, from email phishing, to phone scams, to regular mail fraud, there are now myriad ways for thieves to prey on the elderly.




IRELAND (Carrickfergus), News Letter, August 14, 2014

Commissioner demands apology on ‘disgraceful’ elder care

Findings of poor care and complaints made by relatives of residents, staff and others over many years at Cherry Tree House Nursing and Residential Care Home in Carrickfergus came to the attention of the Commissioner for Older People, and she is outraged and demands that the Minister for Health, Social Services, and Public Safety take action to rectify the situation.


ENGLAND (London), Express, August 13, 2014

Brother and sister fleece dementia sufferer of £1,200 for removing ONE BUSH from garden

A confused old woman with dementia agreed to let a brother and sister do some gardening work when they called at her home.

They then drove their victim to the bank so she could withdraw the cash to pay them, where a suspicious bank employee turned them in.




IOWA (Muscatine), Muscatine Journal, August 11, 2014

Hearing set for man accused of adult dependent abuse (Update to previous story)

Following an initial court appearance, a Muscatine man is being held at the County Jail for adult dependence abuse, after kicking a dependent adult he was caring for in the back of his leg and causing a large bruise.




GEORGIA (Augusta), The Augusta Chronicle, August 13, 2014

90-count indictment in Ga. Alzheimer case

A Jackson County grand jury has returned a 90-count indictment alleging widespread abuse at an Athens-area Alzheimer’s care facility. The facility’s owner and 17 employees are charged in the indictment of illegally dispensing drugs to patients, and failure to comply with licensing requirements by not reporting abuse and hiring convicted felons.


ILLINOIS (Gary), Post-Tribune, August 13, 2014

Police, caretaker looking for missing Gary man, 89

A missing person’s report was filed Tuesday when police couldn’t locate an 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease. There are additional concerns because the man’s alleged caregiver was discovered to have charges of neglect of a dependent and other felonies.



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


•          The Illinois Department on Aging’s Annual Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference will be held on August 21 – 22, 2014 at Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, Illinois. The conference will begin with Illinois’ 3rd Annual Financial Summit on August 20th.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit:  We hope to see you at the Adult Protection and Advocacy Conference.      


•             The 4th Annual Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference is being held September 19-20, 2014 at Widener University in Chester, PA.  Take your knowledge and skills to the leading edge. Enjoy amazing plenary sessions, 23 expert-led workshops, research, advocacy, networking, free resources, fun, and food. This is an affordable and important learning opportunity for advocates, professionals, para-professionals, students, caregivers and consumers. 17 CEs for AASECT, Social Work, and Psychology can be earned.  

Sponsorship and publicity opportunities are available, please contact for details by September 3rd, 2014. For more information on the conference and to register today, go here: Discounts available for Consortium members, students, seniors (65+ with ID), and agencies sending 5+ employees.


•             The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held in Miami, Florida from October 22-24, 2014.  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, 2014.  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, 2015 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 .



An archived collection of previous newsfeeds is available here:


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