NCEA Newsfeed – 8/20/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Wednesday, August 20, 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.





CALIFORNIA (Murrieta), The Press Enterprise, August 19, 2014

MURRIETA: Elder abuse charges dismissed

All charges have been dismissed against a Murrieta resident accused last year of defrauding an elderly woman he met while working at a bank. The woman later left her estate to him.


CALIFORNIA (San Diego), Times of San Diego, August 18, 2014

Jurors Bail in Elder Abuse Murder Case, Causing Trial Delay

Problems with juror availability Monday caused a one-day delay of opening statements in the trial of a caregiver accused of killing an 89-year-old Rancho Bernardo man and draining his bank accounts of more than $500,000.


DELAWARE (Wilmington),, August 15th, 2014

Biden’s office arrests nursing assistant on patient abuse charges

An investigation has led to the arrest of a certified nursing assistant formerly employed at a long-term care nursing home located in New Castle County. Another staff member at the nursing facility claimed that the suspect had repeatedly punched a 72-year-old female resident in the face, neck, and chest while cursing at her. 


FLORIDA (Apopka), News 13, August 14, 2014

Bank teller prevents $20K exploitation of elderly man

A woman went in to a Wells Fargo Bank in Apopka Wednesday with an elderly man who she’s spent the last year caring for and had him go up to the teller and ask to withdraw $20,000.


ILLINOIS (Pekin), Pekin Daily News, August 15, 2014

Peoria woman indicted for elderly exploitation

A Peoria woman was indicted Thursday by a Tazewell County grand jury for exploiting an elderly married couple and stealing their savings.


MARYLAND (Montgomery County),, August 18, 2014

D.C. man accused of scamming Leisure World resident

Montgomery County police have accused a Washington, D.C., man of bilking an 89-year-old Leisure World woman out of nearly $9,000 while claiming to be repairing her car.


MICHIGAN (Kalamazoo),, August 17, 2014

Here are tips for spotting elder abuse and exploitation, from financial to physical

Advocates in Kalamazoo say that the Abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults is a growing concern and numbers from Adult Protective Services, the arm of the Michigan Department of Human Services charged with protecting vulnerable adults, seem to confirm them.


MICHIGAN (Portage),, August 17, 2014

'As bad as it gets': Portage embezzlement part of growing elder abuse problem, prosecutors say

In less than a year, more than $135,000 in cash was stolen from a 91-year-old woman with dementia and cancer at the hands of a podiatrist friend. Additionally, more than $40,000 was run up on two credit cards and jewelry valued at $80,000 was taken.


MINNESOTA (Winona),, August 17, 2014

Family accused of financial exploitation

A woman and her boyfriend made their first appearances Thursday in Winona County District Court, where they've been accused of financially exploiting her 60-year-old father of more than $159,000.


MISSOURI (Park Hills), Daily Journal Online, August 16, 2014

Two accused of scamming elderly woman out of more than $300,000

Two rural Farmington residents are accused of scamming an elderly woman and have been charged with the Class A felony of financial exploitation of the elderly .


PENNSYLVANIA (Allentown), The Morning Call, August 18, 2014

Woman sentenced for $6,900 con job on dementia patient,0,4173311.story#ixzz3ArrxBemy

An Allentown woman admitted Monday that she took advantage of the deteriorating memory of an 88-year-old woman with dementia to steal the victim's life savings and use the money to buy booze and crack cocaine.


PENNSYLVANIA (Lackawanna County),, August 19, 2014

Prosecutors seek strict sentence in elder abuse case

Lackawanna County prosecutors on Monday argued that the age and utter vulnerability of a 96-year-old woman who was filmed being beaten by her daughter more than a year ago is grounds for a strict punishment at sentencing.


PENNSYLVANIA (Newtown), Bucks Local News, August 15, 2014

Lower Makefield Police arrest caregiver for elder abuse; actions caught on 'nanny-cam'

A Philadelphia woman faces charges after she allegedly physically abused a 90-year-old resident at the Arden Courts assisted living facility on Stony Hill Road.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Capital),, August 18, 2014

States Fight Financial Scams Aimed at Seniors

State legislators have become increasingly concerned about financial crimes against seniors and vulnerable adults. This year, lawmakers in at least 28 states and the District of Columbia introduced legislation addressing the issue.






MISSISSIPPI (Biloxi), Sun Herald, August 19, 2014

Man accused of robbing, harming vulnerable adult in Biloxi

A 50-year-old man has been held with no bond on charges that he robbed and harmed a vulnerable adult with a mental disability late Tuesday night.


NEW JERSEY (Toms River),, August 16, 2014

Woman sentenced to 3 years for leaving daughter to die (Video and article)

A Manchester woman was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison, after she admitted to abandoning her wheelchair-bound adult daughter to die alone in their mobile home, unable to care for herself.


PENNSYLVANIA (Troy),, August 17, 2014

Displeased special needs advocate speaks out on handling of case

An advocate for those with special needs is criticizing the Bradford County District Attorney and the Canton police for their handling of a case in which an intellectually disabled man was the victim of an indecent assault.


WASHINGTON (Tacoma), The News Tribune, August 14, 2014

Spanaway nurse accused of sexually assaulting vulnerable adult

The state on Wednesday suspended the license of a Spanaway nurse accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman with developmental disabilities.





FLORIDA (Palmetto), Bay News 9, August 15, 2014

Elderly woman with dementia missing from Palmetto home

Deputies are looking for a 96-year-old woman with dementia who wandered from her Palmetto home early Friday morning.


OHIO (Columbus), The Columbus Dispatch, August 19, 2014

Plan would aid Delaware County elderly after 911 false alarms

The proposed partnership between EMS and the county’s Council for Older Adults would assign a council staff member to a patient during certain non-emergency 911 ambulance runs to provide them with options.



 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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