NCEA Newsfeed for 5/ 21/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Wednesday, May 21, 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 (Mobile), WKRG news, May 20, 2014

Elberta Woman Charged With Elder Abuse

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with attacking an 86-year-old relative.  Authorities are pleased that new legislation enables them to prosecute the crime as a felony instead of as a misdemeanor.


CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles), Huffington Post, May 15, 2014

Casey Kasem Found In Washington: Report

82-year-old radio legend Casey Kasem was reported missing by his daughter last week.  She is concerned that her step-mother is controlling her father and keeping him from family members.  His daughter, Kerri Kasem, has sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father’s temporary caretaker.  Kasem is diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.


COLORADO (Denver), Denver Business Journal, May 20, 2014

Alleged Roofing Scam Is First Prosecuted Under Colorado’s Elder Abuse Law

Five men have been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly cheating older homeowners with their asphalt paving and roofing operation.


KANSAS (Wichita), The Topeka Capital –Journal, May 15, 2014

Kansas Nursing Home Fined $185K for Neglect, Abuse Allegations

A Kansas nursing home has been fined more than $185,000 by federal authorities amid allegations that residents were suffering from neglect and abuse.


MASSACHUSETTES (Stoughton), The Stoughton Journal, May 21, 2014

Stoughton’s Elder Abuse Case Back In Court

A 48-year-old woman is accused of permitting serious injury to an elder, a 75-year-old woman, in what the Deputy Police Chief calls one of the worst cases of elder abuse and neglect his department has ever seen.


MICHIGAN (Detroit),, May 19, 2014

Arrest Made, Lawsuit Brought After Video of Detroit Adult Foster Care Resident Being Beaten By Caretaker Goes Public

The owner of an adult foster care facility was sued for not protecting the residents after a video appeared that showed an employee savagely beating a resident.  The accused employee has been arrested and charged with five felonies related to the attack.


MINNESOTA (Moose Lake), Moose Lake Star Gazette, May 15, 2014

MLPD Makes Arrests

A 62-year-old woman was arrested and charged with two counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and failure to provide care.  The victim is her father.


MISSISSIPPI (Madison), The Clarion-Ledger, May 19, 2014

Police Considering ‘Conspiracy’ in Cochran Video Case

A man video taped  Senator Thad Cochran’s wife, who is a resident of a nursing home, and posted the video on his website.  He was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult.


MISSOURI (Clayton), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 16, 2014

Jury Sides With Caretaker in ‘Wizard of Oz’ Actor’s Estate Case

A caretaker for Mickey Carroll, who played a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz, was acquitted of allegations of financial abuse of the actor who suffered from Alzheimer’s.


NEBRASKA (Lincoln), KETV news, May 16, 2014

Nurse’s Assistant Abused Elderly Patients, Sheriff Says

A 49-year-old certified nurse’s aid is accused of three counts of abuse to a vulnerable adult and a misdemeanor assault count for being “excessively physical” with patients aged 73, 79, and 89.


NORTH CAROLINA (Charlotte), WCNC news, May 2014

Investor Who Bought House From Elderly Dementia Patient Settles Lawsuit

The children of an 88-year-old woman with dementia contested the purchase of their mother’s house by a property investor.


OHIO (Cincinnati), WLWT news, May 19, 2014

WLWT Investigates:  Family Claims 68-Year-Old Was Assaulted at Nursing Home

A family is concerned that bruising on their family member’s neck and a broken arm indicate abuse, the nursing home denies the allegations.


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

Investigations Launched into Billing by Lawyers Appointed as Guardians

An investigative report looks into potential abuse of the billing system by court appointed guardians of elderly residents.


PENNSYLVANIA (Schyulkill),, May 12, 2014

Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance Marks 10 Years

The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance is marking 10 years of service with a memorial dedication Wednesday (May 14) outside the county human services building.


SOUTH CAROLINA (Spartanburg), WYFF news, May 21, 2014

Suspect Locked Elderly Man in Room, Spent All His Money

A 27-year-old man who was recently released from prison is accused of abusing an elderly man who has dementia and stealing all his money.

The man is being charged with financial transaction fraud, financial identity fraud, and exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable adult.


TENNESSEE (Maryville), The Daily News, May 21, 2014

Man Arrested On Abuse, Neglect Charges of Elderly Woman

A 53-year-old man was arrested  and charged with willful abuse and the neglect of an adult after finding an 83-year-old woman in his care in severely poor condition.


TEXAS (Austin), KXAN news, May 2014

State Launches Probe into Abuse Investigation ‘Failure’

Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General is launching an investigation into alleged sexual abuse at an Austin assisted living center.


WASHINGTON (Jefferson County),, May 21, 2014

Victim’s Family Not Happy With Elder Abuse Plea Deal

A 57-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman were each sentenced to 12 months in jail for criminal mistreatment of the 57-year-old’s mother, aged 77 when she died.  When brought to the hospital the mother suffered from dementia and had a fractured kneecap that had developed an infection.  She died four days later.





NEW ZEALAND,, May 17, 2014

Some Abuse Just Isn’t Talked About

Elder abuse often goes unreported, especially abuse by a wife of a husband.  The article chronicles one husband’s journey out of the abusive relationship.

A 27-year-old man is the center of a legal dispute between the state of Alaska and his family over his care.




ALASKA/IDAHO, The Blaze, May 20, 2014

Alaska Man in Adult Protective Custody Released From Hospital, But Finds Himself in Legal Limbo


CANADA (Halifax), The Canadian Press, May 16, 2014

Halifax Police Investigate Serious Assault at Special Care Facility

A 28-year-old resident allegedly pushed a 56-year-old resident resulting in serious injuries.




FLORIDA (Largo), WTSP news, May 20, 2014

Missing:  Elderly Largo Man with Dementia

Chhay Charles Siev, age 73, is missing.  He is 5-foot-2, 120 pounds, with gray hair.  He was last seen driving a white 2009 Mercedes Benz 4-door SUV with Florida lighthouse specialty plates with the tag number XC254.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Largo Police Department at 727-587-6730.


ILLINOIS (Chicago), Chicago Sun-Times, May 21, 2014

Woman with Dementia Missing from Austin

Rosie Branchcomb, 70, is missing.  She suffers from dementia and is 5-foot-7, 210 pounds, dark complexion, and has gray hair, and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a pink sweater, blue jogging pants, and pink Adidas gym shoes with a red, white, and blue scarf.  She carries three different purses.  She likes to frequent the Oak Park area.  Anyone with information should contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8266.


TEXAS (El Paso), El Paso Times, May 17, 2014

Police Asking for Helping Locating Elderly Man Suffering with Dementia and Diabetes

70-year-old Juan DelaRiva is missing from the Socorro area.  Mr. DelaRiva is about 5-feet 5-inches tall, weighs 137 pounds, has black hair, brown eyes, a grey mustache and beard, and has a mole on the right side of his forehead.  He was last seen wearing a grey and brown plaid shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and grey and brown Docker-type pants with grey socks and black shoes.  He uses a crutch to walk.  Anyone with information is asked to call the El Paso Police Department at 832-4400.


ENGLAND, The Guardian, May 20, 2014

Why Is It OK For Politicians To Ignore People With Learning Disabilities?

A 55-year-old man with learning disabilities wants people like himself to have a greater voice and presence in society.  To that end, he formed People First England to encourage people with learning disabilities to participate in politics and appear on TV and radio discussing stories that affect them.



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


•             The 3rd World Congress on Adult Guardianship will be convened on May 28-30th , 2014 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. It is sponsored by the National Guardianship Network in affiliation with the International Guardianship Network. The theme of the conference is, “Promising Practices to Ensure Excellence in Guardianship Around the World.” Proposals for presentations are due July 31.  See


•             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 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:  



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

HHS-2014-ACL-AOA-IE-0081  Native American Elder Justice Initiative Due 6/2/14



•             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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