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The NCEA Blog is updated regularly with posts from contributing authors and new publications from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). s. If you have ideas for future blog post to share with us, reach out to us via the Contact Us page.

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  • October 01, 2019
    Come Out as an LGBT Elder Justice Ally

    “All people, regardless of age or ability, have the right to live their lives with justice, dignity, and respect, free from abuse of any kind. (ACL) The keywords here are “ALL people,” not some. I call attention to this quote because historically, LGBT people have been invisible to systems of elder justice. Several years ago I attended a presentation on elder abuse and neglect. As I listened to the panel, it became clear. The experiences of isolation, verbal harassment, and neglect of LGBT people by caregivers is elder abuse and neglect. I asked the panel how we could better educate the LGBT community about elder abuse and neglect and encourage

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  • September 04, 2019
    Important Findings from the NCEA Resource Line

    The Han Research Lab at the University of Southern California, Department of Family Medicine, recently published findings in the Journal of Applied Gerontology that summarized the types of calls and contacts made to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) resource line over a nearly three-year period. The study garnered significant media attention, and is novel because it is the first to describe call types to the NCEA resource line. Other studies have characterized elder abuse using different data sources, including national surveys and calls made to Adult Protective Services (APS). Study findings are consistent with others, which have found financial abuse to be the most commonly reported type of

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  • August 01, 2019
    Financial Abuse Program Focus: San Mateo County’s Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team

    Like most communities in Silicon Valley, San Mateo County (California) is a wonderful place to live and work. We have diverse recreational opportunities, lots of natural beauty, a thriving economy and a healthy housing market all in less than 750 square miles. Just south of San Francisco and north of San Jose, it is an ideal place to raise a family, which many are choosing to do – or grow older here. By 2030, the number of older people in San Mateo County is expected to increase by 70% -  and Adult Protective Services (APS) has received an increasing number of abuse reports as the community ages.

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  • June 28, 2019
    Paving the Way to Improved Charting: Geriatric Injury Documentation Tool

    Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Dept. of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, Alhambra Health care providers in all settings evaluate older adults with evidence of physical injury. For approximately 10% of these patients, the injury may be linked to some form of elder abuse or neglect. However, it is often not always apparent during the initial medical encounter that the injury could be connected to abuse. In fact, it may be weeks, months or even years later that abuse is suspected. When physical injuries are not considered suspicious, they are usually not documented in any detail, if at all, in the medical chart. 

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  • April 01,2019
    Adult Protective Services Abuse Registry National Report

    Over half the states (26) now have abuser registries for perpetrators of elder and vulnerable adult abuse. In 2016, NAPSA’s Regional Representatives Advisory Board created a volunteer ad hoc committee which examined abuser registries in detail and produced the first-ever, comprehensive report on this recent trend. [1] To be considered, a state registry had to fit the following definition: “a system for maintaining the identity of individuals who are found, only as a result of an APS investigation, to have abused, neglected or exploited seniors or adults (18 and older) with disabilities living in the community or in a facility.” Registries in 26 states met these criteria; of those, 21

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  • March 04,2019
    Opioids and Elder Abuse: A Disquieting Connection

    Older adults are an important but frequently forgotten generation that is affected by the opioid crisis in America.  As a group, older adults often have multiple chronic conditions and endure high rates of chronic pain. Opioids and related prescription and non-prescription drugs are frequently the treatment of choice for these individuals. Further, the opioid crisis has harmed older adults through the addiction of their children, grandchildren, and others who rely on them for money, child care, food, shelter, and the like. Directly or inadvertently, older adults may be stripped of their resources and quality of life because of the struggles of those around them—and may be highly susceptible to elder

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  • February 14,2019
    Dear Readers: Online Romance Scams

    Dear Readers, During the month of February, our thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day and feeling connected.  The internet is a great way to explore, but we caution you to use your mind and protect your heart. Have you ever received questionable alerts or notifications in your email or social media accounts that have caused you to raise an eyebrow? Follow your instincts.  Did you know that when you are online, looking to socialize, network or date, that scammers may be scoping you out through matchmaking, social networking and professional sites? For those of us who are open and looking for love, realize that relationship building takes time.   Understand that there

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  • February 01,2019
    Shelter and the Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse: A Growing Global Movement 

    They came from communities throughout the country. Some were social workers, some lawyers, some nursing home administrators, as well as a variety of other professional backgrounds. Some had years of experience working with older adults, while others brought different types of expertise to a new field. They had come together to attend the fifth annual Symposium of the SPRiNG Alliance, the national network for the rapidly expanding elder abuse shelter movement, held in May 2018 at the Family Justice Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, which opened its doors as the first elder abuse shelter

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  • December 03,2018
    NAMRS: What It Is and Why You Should Care

    Data collection among Adult Protective Services (APS) programs across the U.S. is extremely important. Without knowledge of how vast the problem is, it is nearly impossible to determine adequate funding for victim services, prevention, and administration. A single year’s snapshot of the number of victims reported to APS provides a picture of that period in time, but without data on the years before and after it’s impossible to measure trends. Studies regarding APS data on clients and programs and the need for collection of national data have been completed over the years. In 2000 and 2004, surveys of APS programs were conducted by National Center on Elder Abuse partners. These

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  • October 30 2018
    The Changing Landscape of Elder Abuse Prosecutions: A 22-Year Journey 

    Recently retired prosecutor at San Diego DA’s office and now a consultant and trainer on criminal elder abuse issues.

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  • October 15 2018
    Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence: Making the Connection

    During October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, victim advocates, adult protective service caseworkers, animal control officers, and other first responders have a unique opportunity to raise awareness and develop multidisciplinary teams to prevent and respond to all forms of violence.

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  • October 01 2018
    Celebrating Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    As the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire, many across our movement have worked tirelessly toward the Reauthorization of VAWA which create critical enhancements to the law and improve how we can respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking across the nation.

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  • September 06 2018
    Turning Voices into Action Against Elder Abuse: The Power of Sharing Your Story

    We hear the statistics, but hearing an account from an actual survivor of elder abuse gives one an entirely different understanding of the crisis that is plaguing our society. We tend to forget that each person who has experienced elder abuse is not just a number or part of a statistic, but someone’s grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, neighbor, or dear friend; a person with a unique voice who has experienced a horrific violation of their dignity.

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  • July 19 2018
    Missouri’s APS Response to the Opioid Crisis

    We have all seen the headlines about the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. The issue is a national priority. With a focus on the topic and how to combat the problem, sometimes it is easy to forget that the problem has a face and a real impact on our communities. Missouri’s Division of Senior and Disability Services prioritized the issue in 2018 by initiating efforts to identify the scope of the problem, how it is affecting the lives of those we serve, and strategies to assist individuals and communities with healing.

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  • June 13 2018
    You’ve Worked Hard for the Money — Now protect it!

    Most of us work hard to save and plan for our retirement. But there are people who work just as hard to take it away from us. Who are they? Phone scammers. We must educate ourselves about the ways of scammers to protect ourselves and those we love.

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  • April 24 2018
    #CountMeToo: Elder Sexual Assault

    Over the past year, the ascendance of the #MeToo movement has given voice to women violated by sexual assault, permeating our collective conscious and imbuing April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with renewed consequence. Despite the inclusiveness of this righteous campaign, sexually abused older women in nursing homes have been overlooked in the national discourse. These elder victims who are silenced by illness, vulnerability and confinement must be counted, and their stories heard.

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  • February 28 2018
    The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study: Toward Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

    Why is financial exploitation so common in the elderly population? Why do some older adults fare better than others when making financial decisions? What factors protect or place one at greater risk of being financially exploited? These are just some of the questions that a multidisciplinary team of investigators hope to answer through the Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) being carried out through USC’s Department of Family Medicine.

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  • January 12 2018
    Older Americans are the Key to Elder Justice

    The 1960s were a tumultuous time, filled with activism and passion. Human rights, the expression of equality and acceptance were common themes. People marched, conducted “sit ins” and collaborated to have their voices heard and to turn the public’s attention to equality and justice. Sound familiar?

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  • December 27 2017
    Free Resources Available from CFPB’s Office for Older Americans

    The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans works to improve financial security for people 62 and older. We have resources to help those who serve older adults and their financial caregivers. We work on a mix of policy, research, and educational initiatives designed to help protect older consumers from financial harm and to help older Americans make sound decisions with their money as they age.

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