NCEA Newsfeed – 8/27/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Wednesday, August 27, 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 (Anthem), Western Journalism, August 26, 2014

Elder Financial Abuse — Near You? (Opinion)

According to AARP, 60 percent of the Adult Protective Services cases of financial abuse nationwide involved an adult child of the elderly person. Much of this theft is committed by their own family members under the guise of “helping them”– or simply rationalizing that the money would be theirs someday, so why not now.


CALIFORNIA (Monterey), Monterey Herald, August 21, 2014

Salinas caregiver faces felony probation for extreme elderly abuse

Officials determined the 42-year-old caregiver from Salinas was responsible for the "extreme neglect" the victim sustained.


MICHIGAN (Waterford Township), Livingston Daily, August 25, 2014

Family: Caregiver secretly wed wealthy Michigan man then left him destitute. Experts say elderly are often target of financial exploitation

A caregiver was originally hired in 2008 to aid a wealthy elderly man’s wife who later died in 2012. During his wife’s care and after her death, this same caregiver stole anywhere from more than $500,000 to more than $1.5 million from his fortune. A few months later she convinced the elderly man to marry her and was living in his home.


MINNESOTA (Minneapolis), Star Tribune, August 22, 2014

Deaths at 2 senior homes highlight sharp rise in abuse, neglect

Staff members at two Minnesota homes for elderly people failed to provide adequate medical care and monitoring, resulting in the deaths of two residents. The fatalities come amid a sharp rise in reports of abuse and neglect at homes for senior citizens across Minnesota.


MINNESOTA (Rochester), Post Bulletin, August 25, 2014

Area woman charged with financial exploitation

Authorities acting on a tip from a Rochester financial institution have brought charges against a Chatfield woman they say spent more than $100,000 of a vulnerable elderly woman’s money.


MISSOURI (Kansas City), KSHB Kansas City, August 22, 2014

Caregiver admits she stole jewelry from elderly, mute woman by pleading guilty to felony theft (Video and Article)

A criminal caregiver is admitting she stole jewelry and other items from a 91-year-old woman with a disease that has robbed her of muscle movement and the ability to speak. It was later discovered that this caregiver has stolen from others too.


WISCONSIN (Racine), The Journal Times, August 22, 2014

Triad: Keeping seniors safe from fraud and abuse

The Racine County Triad program was started by the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office in response to complaints involving elderly victims of fraud. Its goal is to prevent seniors from becoming victims of crimes or abuse.





CALIFORNIA (Santa Rosa), The Press Democrat, August 22, 2014

Guerneville ex-firefighter says former caretaker stole thousands

A former San Francisco firefighter who suffered brain damage and lost her vision in a blaze that killed another firefighter says she’s the victim of an unscrupulous caretaker who exploited her condition to steal about $100,000.


MINNESOTA (Woodbury), Woodbury Bulletin, August 26, 2014

Woodbury man accused of molesting vulnerable adults

A 40-year-old Woodbury man was charged in July with sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult woman at his parents’ house. The woman the suspect, whom she knew for years through church, took her into the basement to play board games, but he soon began groping her.





KOREA (Seoul), The Korea Herald, August 25, 2014

Abuse rises in facilities for elderly

The number of elderly citizens being abused at facilities built to aid them has increased fivefold over the past five years, a government report showed Monday, raising concerns about the well-being of elderly patients.


NEW ZEALAND (Southland),, August 25, 2014

Elder abuse case numbers surge

There has been a sharp rise in the number of elder abuse cases referred to Age Concern Southland. The number recorded from June 2013 to June 2014 was 263, up from 200 on the previous year.





NEW YORK (Brooklyn), NY1 News, August 25, 2014

OEM Issues Alert for Missing Coney Island Woman with Dementia (Video and Article)

The Office of Emergency Management issued a silver alert after a 74-year-old Brooklyn woman with dementia who has gone missing. They say she went for a walk on August 12 at around 2 in the afternoon and didn't return.


NEW YORK (New York), New York Times, August 22, 2014

Power of Attorney Is Not Always a Solution

For millions of people over the decades, the power of attorney has been an inexpensive way to give someone the right to act on another person’s behalf. But its power is not always absolute and when it fails, the consequences can be nothing short of disastrous.




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


•             Save the Date! The 2014 New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute (AATI) Conference on Recognizing and Responding to Financial Exploitation is being held September 16-18, 2014 at the Albany Marriott Hotel. The 2014 AATI, presented by the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging on behalf of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), brings together over 400 participants from a variety of public, non-profit and private service providers where networking and sharing expertise will be facilitated through an array of formal and informal activities. This year the focus of the AATI will be financial exploitation and multi-disciplinary teams. To Register please visit: and click on AATI, and download the registration form.  


•             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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