NCEA Newsfeed for 6/30/14

NCEA Newsfeed – Monday, June 30, 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 (Tucson), KGUN news, June 26, 2014

Woman Arrested for Forging $900,000 in Checks

A 59-year-old woman was arrested and charged with theft from a vulnerable adult, forgery, and misuse of power of attorney after taking $900,000 in the form of forged checks from a 70-year-old vulnerable adult.


CALIFORNIA (Salinas), KPIX news, June 24, 2014

Former Salinas Nurse Charged With Elder Abuse, Tax Fraud

A 42-year-old woman was charged with elder abuse, and other charges.  She is accused, among other things, of neglecting the 83-year-old woman she was hired to care for and stealing money from the elderly woman and her husband.


FLORIDA (West Boynton), Sun Sentinel, June 23, 2014

Former West Boynton Home Health Care Aide Jailed,0,3380328.story

A 25-year-old former home health care aide has admitted to making more than $13,000 in credit card charges on an 81-year-old patient’s accounts.


IDAHO (Twin Falls),, June 25, 2014

Witness Grilled in Dementia Patient Pipe-Beating Trial

A 62-year-old woman is accused of beating a dementia patient on the head with a  metal pipe.


IDAHO (Twin Falls), HeraldNet, June 26, 2014

Idaho Woman Found Not Guilty of Hitting Dementia Patient

UPDATE: Woman accused of hitting a dementia patient in the head is found not guilty.


INDIANA (Vanderburgh County), Courier Press, June 24, 2014

Charges Filed Against Nursing Home Employee Accused of Hitting Alzheimer’s Patient

A 40-year-old woman has been charged with battery by a caregiver for physically abusing an 87-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.


MARYLAND (St. Mary’s), SoMdNews, June 27, 2014

Woman Accused of Stealing $140,000

Article profiles two cases of financial theft from elderly individuals.


TEXAS (San Antonio), KSAT news, June 23, 2014

Suspect in Theft of Elderly Man’s Home, Life Savings in Court

The son of an 86-year-old man has been awarded legal guardianship of his father, who suffers from dementia, after the father signed over his house and life savings to a friend.  The friend has been charged with theft involving the elderly and exploitation of the elderly.




IRELAND (Dublin), Independent.IE, June 26, 2014

Builder Used ‘Undue Influence’ To Inherit €500k House, Court Told

A builder who befriended and elderly woman with dementia is accused of influencing her to leave him her home valued at 500,000 Euros (about $682,045 American Dollars).




FLORIDA (Jacksonville), The Florida Times-Union, June 24, 2014

Jacksonville Group Home Worker Arrested After Disabled Man Choked

A 44-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly choking a disabled adult for repeatedly turning off a television during a football game.


FLORIDA (Panama City), The News Herald, June 25, 2014

Man Gets Nearly 4 Years in Prison for Punching Cop

A Panama City man on probation for exploiting a mentally disabled adult will spend the next three years in prison after punching a deputy. The man and two others convinced a mentally disabled adult to make several purchases, totally more than $1,000, to take out three lines of cellphones and service for them, and to open a bank account to help fund the purchases.


IOWA (Hamburg), Nebraska City News-Press, June 27, 2014

Sheriff’s Office Arrests Two on Suspicion of Dependent Adult Abuse

Two women have been arrested after a 51-year-old female was found with injuries serious enough to have her placed into hospice care.


OHIO (Dayton), WHIO news, June 26, 2014

Police Find Man Living in Filthy Basement

A 45-year-old woman has been charged with failure to provide for an impaired adult after a 68-year-old man was found in her basement in extremely unsanitary conditions.


NEW JERSEY (Trenton), Asbury Park Press, June 26,2014

Legislature OKs Ban On Disabled Adult Transfer

Good News!  The State Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a modification to the Returning Home New Jersey program to make many individual’s and families’ preferences part of the decision process.


NEW YORK (West Nyack), lohud news, June 27, 2014

D.A.: Man Tried to Blow Up Group Home, Sexually Abused Housemate

A 23-year-old man living in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities sexually abused one of his housemates and then tried to blow up the home itself.


TENNESSEE (Nashville), WKRN news, June 26, 2014

Caretaker Indicted for Abusing Special Needs Patient

A 31-year-old man was indicted on one count of abuse of an impaired adult for physically abusing an individual with severe developmental disabilities.


WYOMING (Cheyenne), Daily Journal, June 23, 2014

Group says state Health Department illegally bullying parents, cutting services to disabled

The state is inadequately funding and managing one of Wyoming's main disability services programs, resulting in cuts in services and parents of mentally and physically disabled children left with feeling bullied, advocates for the disabled said Monday.





COLORADO (Aurora), The Denver Post, June 26, 2014

Therapeutic Recreation Program Gets Disabled Aurora Adults Out

The Therapeutic Recreation Program, now serving over 200 individuals, has been providing adults with disabilities various activities, such as camping, kayaking, and hip-hop dancing, since 1981. Through these activities participants “grow their self-confidence, their expressive communication, and their sense of well-being” says program director, Nancy Kiernan.  The program is largely supported by the city’s general fund.


NEW MEXICO (Santa Fe), Santa Fe New Mexican, June 25, 2014

Fitness Program Caters to People with Developmental Disabilities

A fitness instructor creates a workout class designed specifically for individuals with disabilities.


UNITED STATES, Education Week, June 24, 2014

Sex-Abuse-Prevention Efforts Urged for Students with Disabilities

Reviews the importance of discussing the subjects of sex and sexuality with underage people with developmental disabilities, who are almost three times more likely to be sexually abuse than their non-disabled peers.



 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, 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



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 – more information at



•             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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