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July 31, 2007

Every second elder abused over property - New Dehli

Neha Tara Mehta, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 29, 2007

The houses of elders in Delhi hide an ugly secret: one in every two elderly persons in the capital is facing harassment over property, or knows another senior who is. And it’s upscale south Delhi which has the dubious distinction of harbouring the bulk of the harassment cases (41.6 per cent), followed by central Delhi (20.8 per cent).

These are among the shocking home truths revealed by the Older Persons Property Victimisation Survey done by HelpAge India for HT. The survey, that took off on June 15, the Elder Abuse Prevention Day, was conducted on a sample size of 1,183 persons aged between 65 and 91 in 46 colonies.
Only 402 seniors agreed to come on record. Lajpat Nagar, Saket and Rajinder Nagar were found to have the highest incidence of harassment of elders. North Delhi emerged the most elderly sensitive zone, with only 5.5 per cent cases being reported from there.
“The incidence of property-related harassment could be even higher among Delhi’s 11 lakh elderly people, as at least 31 per cent of those interviewed admitted facing problems but refused to talk about them,” says Nidhi Raj Kapoor, head of communications, HelpAge India.
The questionnaires were distributed by elderly persons from senior citizen welfare bodies.

Commenting on the findings, M.M. Sabharwal, president emeritus of HelpAge India, who is 85 himself, said: “We have lost our culture and ethos of love and care for the elders.” Supreme Court advocate Geeta Luthra agrees: “I see several property cases in South Delhi in which children are so callous that their parents die even before their death.”

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How true - "....parents who are abused by their own children, die even before their death".

July 30, 2007

Kansas City woman sentenced to 5 years for Elder Abuse

Kansas City woman sentenced to five years for abusing mother
By JOE LAMBE - The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County judge on Friday sentenced a Kansas City woman to five years in prison for beating her 91-year-old mother with a cane and otherwise abusing her.
Carolyn J. Hanks, 54, pleaded guilty previously to assault, armed criminal action, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon.
She also threatened her mother, Ruby Shinn, with a knife and kept her hostage in her home. Shinn escaped and called police.

She also threatened her mother, Ruby Shinn, with a knife and kept her hostage in her home. Shinn escaped and called police.
A police officer testified Friday that the home in the 300 block of East 79th Terrace was the most disgusting situation he had ever seen. Feces, used toilet paper and buckets of urine were all over, and the smell was vile, he said.
Shinn, who had bruises and cuts on her body and a compound fracture of her arm, told police that her daughter was trying to kill her.
At the sentencing, Judge J.D. Williamson told Hanks: “Your conduct was absolutely deplorable. There is no excuse I can conjure up in any way, shape or form that will even mitigate it.”
But he declined to sentence her to the full 10 years allowed by the plea bargain, noting the lack of any other felony, her age and mental illness.
Defense attorney Curt Winegarner, who said his client started treatment for her mental problem in jail after her arrest on April 25, 2006, asked for a sentence of three years. Hanks sometimes muttered to herself during the hearing.
Assistant prosecutor Sydney Wallace asked for the full 10 years. He said Hanks had abused her mother for at least a year and might have killed her if she had not escaped.
“The fact the defendant chose to treat her own mother like this was what is most telling about Ms. Hanks,” Wallace said.
Shinn, who just turned 93, now lives in a nursing home close to other relatives.

July 27, 2007

Granny thrown out with the garbage

Granny thrown out with the garbage
Thursday Jul 19 17:44 AEST

An Indian couple found an unwell 75 year old woman lying on a garbage dump, apparently thrown out of her home by her daughter and grandsons who did not want to take care of her, the Hindustan Times reported.

"She never complained about her family's behaviour, only rued the fact that she couldn't move without help," Mohanasundari, one of the rescuers, said.
The "semi-paralysed" Palaniappan told her rescuers her youngest daughter had quarrelled with other family members over who should take care of her. The daughter then got her sons to take their grandmother to the dump in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Sons and daughters have traditionally looked after their elderly parents but sociologists say that the pressures of modern life are seeing more elderly people abandoned by their children or sent to old-age homes.

Politicians expressed outrage over Palaniappan's fate and said they would ask officials to take action against the family.
"I have asked the collector (a local official) to take care of the old lady, and take legal action against the children," state Social Welfare Minister Poongothai, who like many in Tamil Nadu goes by one name, was quoted as saying.

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Such an article grabs every one's attention. There are, however, many cases in developed countries where an elderly person may not have been physically thrown out by their adult children; but are deliberately isolated or abandoned. That sort of actions are usually used as a blackmail. " Do as you are told ... or else.."

Please let me know if you , or some one you know, are in this sort of situation. I'll be happy to highlight such cases on this blog.

July 26, 2007

Protection Plan for Elderly in South Australia

Protection for elderly
By Greg Kelton, State Editor ‘Adelaide Now’
July 16, 2007
A NEW protection plan, involving greater community awareness and better education, is being developed by the State Government to prevent abuse of the elderly.
More than $2 million has been set aside for the plan, which could result in law changes.
Minister for Ageing Jay Weatherill said yesterday the abuse of the elderly was "an extraordinarily difficult issue to find out about because many of the elderly people affected are reluctant to speak out about it".

The Government's action plan involves:

CAPITALISING on the natural advantage of SA's ageing population.
SUPPORTING and encouraging older people to make the most of opportunities available.
PROVIDING safety, security and protection.
EDUCATING professions, workers, the community and older people on their rights.
The Office of the Ageing is working with a team from the University of SA, led by Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw, in developing the action plan.
"This kind of policy is extremely important because older people are among the most vulnerable in our society," Professor Bagshaw said.
"Where there's one form of abuse, there's often other forms of abuse and, more often than not, it's someone the victim knows, such as adult children, other family members and carers."

Source Link: AdelaideNow

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It is important that government in every state promote community awareness and education of this growing problem.




July 24, 2007

Elder Abuse - "The Forgotten Victims"

Unfortunately, victims of elder abuse in the general community often miss out on services provided by governments and other organizations. Particularly, if the victims are living in their own homes, are financially independent and are not using any care services provided by the local government.
I refer to them as the "Forgotten Victims". Elders in this category are also exposed to abuses, often by a spouse or their adult children. However, as they are independent of government assistance and care services (e.g. home help and/or nursing services) they miss out. It is quite amazing when you realise that these are often the people who had worked hard to be financially independent, paid their taxes all their working lives etc.
Victims of Elder Abuse in this group often refuse to tell anyone about the abuses. They feel ashamed and threatened. Unless a caring friend, neighbour or relative report incidents of of abuse; they will never get help.

This is when a Helpline for reporting elder abuse becomes crucial.

Many researches from around the world have indicated that Elder Abuse (particularly, those perpetrated by spouses or adult children) is a growing global problem.

Let us be vigilant!

Australia - Ageing, Ageism & Abuse Seminar & Workshops

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Ageing, Ageism & Abuse Seminar & Workshops in Victoria
On 2-3 August 2007Featured speakers:Jo Pearson speaking on ageism in the media and in society as a causative factor of elder abuseBrian Herd speaking on undue influence and the dynamics within the family setting, resulting in abuse & financial exploitationLillian Jeter speaking on the profile of the offenders - those who commit sexual assaults & physically abuse as well as others who mistreat older residents, neglect, and psychologically abuse. What goes on in these offenders' minds?Dr. Yvonne Wells speaking on the psychological issues surrounding elder abuse with a review of the research literatureColleen Williams speaking on the "culture" within residential care facilitiesWe have the pleasure to announce two additions to our program:Norman Aisbett, senior journalist with The West Australian will be moderating our panel discussion. Norman has been a journalist for more than thirty-five years and his career has been distinguished by his concern for social justice issues, both within Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.Gail Chilianis & Deb Chapman will speak about their personal experiences following the alleged sexual assault of their grandmother in a nursing home on the Mornington Peninsula. Gail & Deb were featured on Lateline on the 20th of February 2006 and will provide a sensitive & emotional portrayal from a family's perspective.Further details Venue:Melbourne Exhibition and Convention CentreCost:See flyer for registration feesRSVP:See registration form

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A reminder about this important seminar in Melbourne.

July 21, 2007

Active Living - Important to Prevent Elder Abuse

We must keep active and connected to stop social vultures from acting out their elder abuse schemes.

Australian Government: Online services for Seniors


Some of the activities and services offered by states in Australia:

Victoria: Office of Senior Victorians – Activities for Seniors

Go For Your Life site

New South Wales: State Govt.

South Australia: Healthy SA

Western Australia: Seniors Recreation Centre

Northern Territory: Health & Social Services
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Add life to your years, and years to your life.

July 20, 2007

State-by-State Elder Abuse Resource List

Compiled by Christopher J. Gearon AARP bulletin online
July-August 2007

Elder abuse is a serious and common reality for too many older adults, and reports of such crimes are on the rise. Nearly 566,000 reports of elder abuse were made nationally in 2003, almost 20 percent more than in 2000. Elder abuse can take many forms of mistreatment—including physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse, as well as neglect.
If you are a victim of elder abuse or know of someone who has been or is being victimized, it's important to report such crimes. Help is available. And laws protect those reporting suspected cases of abuse.
In an emergency, call 911 or the local police. Meanwhile, each state has a lead agency responsible for investigating reports of elder abuse and various subagencies that take on different types of cases.
Adult protective services (APS) is the lead agency in most states. Many APS agencies have toll-free numbers that are available so individuals both in state and out of state can report suspected abuse. APS typically contacts other relevant agencies, such as law enforcement.
State long-term care ombudsman investigate reports of abuse in nursing homes and other residential care facilities and in most states, state attorneys general (AG) investigate and prosecute patient abuse or neglect. Most AG offices do this through their Medicaid Fraud Control Units, investigating reports of fraud and patient abuse that occur in Medicaid-funded health care facilities.
AARP Bulletin Online provides a convenient interactive resource that can help individuals find appropriate elder abuse resources in each state. Other resources include the national Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116), a publicly funded resource that matches seniors with appropriate community resources; the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; and the National Center on Elder Abuse.
To quickly find the best elder abuse resources in your state, select the pertinent state:

Abridged Article. For full details: AARP BULLETIN ONLINE

Excellent idea for compiling such a list. Well Done! I've approach the Federal Government in Australia to make available such a list to me so that I can publicize it on this blog. NO reply as yet.

July 19, 2007

Elder Abuse - Are we in 21st Century?

Neglect and total disregard by this victim's adult children resulted in the 77 year old man living in those conditions for over 8 years! With such living conditions, he was really ISOLATED!
May be that was the plan!
Please click Play Button TWICE to activate video.

July 18, 2007

Elder Abuse - A Public Plea



Please help to publicize elder abuse cases. Laws have to be enacted to protect the rights of older people. It is a human rights issue. Do not be complacent. We can only speculate on the causes of elder abuse cases. Get involved! We should not sensationalize.
Imagine the pains of getting abused in your twilight years. Stripped of money and dignity. According to many published researches majority of elder abuses occurred in private homes and are perpetrated by the spouse or adult children.
We are outraged by child abuse, violence against women and other abuses and violations of human rights. Let us be outraged. Let us be united in our efforts to help the voiceless.
Check out the various links listed here or on other EA blogs. We need your help.

July 16, 2007

The Silent Victims of Elder Abuse

Emotional and Psychological abuses leave NO physical wounds. But the damages to the abused victims can be just as devastating as physical wounds.
Older people are living longer and are more active. This may pose a problem to their adult children who are impatient in getting their hands on their inheritance. A sense of entitlement to inheritance often drive adult children to commit elder abuse on their parent or parents.
They may feel that they are free from interference of the law. Such cases often occur in private homes. The abusers often believe that they "have got away with it". The elderly parents often will not consider telling others about the abuses. They feel ashamed and bewildered. Wondering what they might have done wrong in bringing up their children.
These victims are voiceless and pitiful.
Until others in society feel outraged by such cases of elder abuse, there will be no help for these victims.
We need to protect and promote the rights of older people.

Please join me in my attempt to stop the abuse of Frank Punito. (see previous day comment). His children are now denying their parents access to the last bit of assets they own. The children now have control over the mother's assets. They are working on the other half!

July 15, 2007

Elder Abuse Case - Register your Protest

Withholding funds from an Older Person is considered as Financial Abuse of an Older Person.

The Abusers of Frank Punito continues to do that. His adult children work jointly regarding to their parents. One of them has the power of attorney for the mother. After delaying the property settlement for over 8 years - leaving the father in unacceptable living quarters, they are now doing it again.! It is really financial abuse of BOTH parents.
We should be outraged. Why wouldn't they sign documents on behalf of their mother so that their parents get their entitled assets? It has been almost eight weeks since documents were sent to them requesting co-operattion and signature.
Neglect, emotional and psychological abuse should be added to this case.
The abusers are mocking the rest of the world because they are "getting away with it". No one seems to be able to stop them. There are currently no laws to protect the parents.

Please join me in registering our outrage. Email me with the words "Frank Punito Abusers - We are outraged !" Kindly state your country.
Thank you.

July 14, 2007

Elder Abuse - What About the other 92.7%

Elder abuse measures: What about the other 92.7%?
Thursday July 27, 2006

The Victorian Public Advocate welcomes the Federal Government’s new measures to protect people from elder abuse; but wonders about the fate of the other 92.7% of people aged over 70 who don’t live in nursing homes.
“I support any measures that protect vulnerable people who are at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation - unfortunately, research shows that this kind of abuse is most likely to be financial and perpetrated by a family member”, Mr Julian Gardner said.
“A quick fix solution such as mandatory reporting will never address what we see as the major causes of elder abuse.
This is an important issue, a growing issue and while the Federal Government is taking positive steps, it is important that they are just the first of many,” he said.

Although the above comment was made about a year ago I believe it is still relevant today. I'm quite sure that this is still the situation around the world. Percentage may vary BUT .... As mentioned in earlier posting IF YOU ARE NOT IN CARE FACILITIES AND YOU ARE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, bad luck!
People in this situation have to fend for themselves.

July 13, 2007

What You Can Do About Elder Abuse

A sense of helplessness can turn people away from getting involved in such an issue as Elder Abuse. So, with the assistance of various sources I've list below some of the things You can do:

According to the Canadian Seniors Secretarial

  • How can I help stop elder abuse?
    Know what elder abuse involves... be aware of the warning signs and know what services are available. Some specific tips;
  • Be aware of support services in your community. This includes social service agencies, seniors’ centres, legal services, clergy, transition houses or shelters, health centres, etc.
    Become a community "watchdog". Keep a watchful eye out for loved ones, friends, or neighbours who may be vulnerable.
  • Speak up if you have concerns. That means even if you are not sure. You have a right and responsibility to question.
  • Become involved. Find out what is being done to prevent abuse. Volunteer with older adults in your community.
  • Support efforts and programs to increase and strengthen services in your community.

In USA the website of NCEA contains answers to many questions regarding Elder Abuse.

UK

Help the Aged Website

Action on Elder Abuse

Australia:

Queensland: Elder Abuse Prevention Unit/"
Victoria: Elder Abuse Prevention Assn.

All Australian States:

Preventing Abuse of Older People

I hope the above information will be of help to some of you who want to find out more about the issue; or wishes to get involved in some way to help.
Another way you can help is to offer your suggestions or assitance re this site.

My apologies if information you require is not cover by this post/site. I am just a single person who has been "fired up" by a terrible case.

July 12, 2007

Ageism: The Path to Elder Abuse

Ageism: The Path to Elder Abuse
By Jack Halpern, MPS, LNHA

The number of Americans 60 and older is growing, but society still isn't embracing the aging population, geropsychologists say. Whether battling "old geezer" stereotypes or trying to obtain equal standing in the workplace, those who are 60 or older may all too often find themselves the victims of ageism. Fueling the problem is the media's portrayal of older adults.

At a Senate hearing last fall, experts testified before the Special Committee on Aging about the effects of age stereotypes. Doris Roberts, the Emmy-award winning actress in her seventies from the T.V. show "Everybody Loves Raymond," also testified at the hearing.

"My peers and I are portrayed as dependent, helpless, unproductive and demanding rather than deserving," Roberts testified. "In reality, the majority of seniors are self-sufficient, middle-class consumers with more assets than most young people, and the time and talent to offer society."

The world of aging portrayed in the mass media has not traditionally been an enjoyable or positive one. Old people today are generally not appreciated as experienced "elders" or possessors of special wisdom; they are simply seen as sometimes remaining competent enough to be included in the unitary role category of "active citizen." Old people are respected to the extent that they can behave like young people, that is, to the extent that they remain capable of working, enjoying sex, exercising and taking care of themselves
A survey of 84 people ages 60 and older, nearly 80 percent of respondents reported experiencing ageism--such as other people assuming they had memory or physical impairments due to their age. The 2001 survey by Duke University's Erdman Palmore, PhD, also revealed that the most frequent type of ageism--reported by 58 percent of respondents--was being told a joke that pokes fun at older people. Thirty-one percent reported being ignored or not taken seriously because of their age. The study appeared in The Gerontologist (Vol. 41, No. 5).
The effects of ageism:
Not only are negative stereotypes hurtful to older people, but they may even shorten their lives, finds psychologist Becca Levy, PhD, assistant professor of public health at Yale University. In Levy's longitudinal study of 660 people 50 years and older, those with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with negative self-perceptions of aging. The study appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 83, No. 2).
On the other hand, people's positive beliefs about and attitudes toward the elderly appear to boost their mental health. Levy has found that older adults exposed to positive stereotypes have significantly better memory and balance, whereas negative self-perceptions contributed to worse memory and feelings of worthlessness.

"Age stereotypes are often internalized at a young age--long before they are even relevant to people," notes Levy, adding that even by the age of four, children are familiar with age stereotypes, which are reinforced.


Source: myelderadvocate.typepad.com

Yes, Ageism discriminates. Elder Bloggers should unite to stop it. We can be a voice for change. Let us do it! Older age is NOT all doom and gloom. I will post links to Elder Bloggers' sites soon. Contact me if you want your site link posted here.

July 11, 2007

Another Horrible Case of Elder Abuse

Fire Ants And Newspapers
The Washington Post picks up a local story that the Miami Herald covered earlier this week and gives South Florida another opportunity to bask in the warmth of the national media's spotlight.
MIAMI -- A man was charged with elderly abuse after his mother was found covered in red ants and feces in a trailer with no electricity, authorities said Friday.
Lillian V. Smith, 83, was found Tuesday in the abandoned trailer with no running water or bathroom, and died Thursday at a hospital, authorities said.

Sherrill "Bubba" Smith, 49, [pictured above] who shared the trailer with his mother, was charged with elderly abuse, authorities said.

The son inserted newspapers into her to stop feces from spilling onto the bed, The Miami Herald reported, citing a police report.

Doctors said the elder Smith also had a fractured right leg that had not been treated, the arrest report said. An autopsy showed the woman died of natural causes, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland said.

As you might expect, "Bubba" and his mother lived in the Redlands. And if you believe Google maps, it looks like the circled area may have been where the trailer was located on the property.
The main house and the trailers appear to be set well back from the road and away from anyone who might have noticed what was going on.

SOURCE

Reported cases of Elder Abuse constitute only the very "tip of the iceberg" of actual cases. The few blogs and websites on this issue (other than those set up by govt. Aged Care departments) are set up by friends or relatives of victims. Please support us in our efforts.

July 10, 2007

UK Report: 700.000 elderly 'abused at home or in care'

700,000 elderly 'abused at home or in care'
By Maria Thompson
Last Updated: 1:22am BST 11/06/2007

More than 700,000 elderly people are abused in their own homes or privately run nursing homes, a new report will reveal.
The findings of the study, which has been conducted for almost two years, are due to be released on Thursday in the run-up to World Elder Abuse Day on Friday.
It is understood that the report will disclose high levels of neglect, verbal abuse and behaviour that affects self esteem, although the amount of serious physical abuse and injury is thought to be relatively low. Ivan Lewis, the care minister, said: "We need to have a fresh look at the whole adult protection regime in this country.
"I want to see a situation where people are as outraged by the abuse of an older person as they are by the abuse of a child. Sadly, we are nowhere near that yet as a society but that culture has to change."
It is the first time that a study of the prevalence of elder abuse in people's own homes has been done in England.
The work has been done by researchers from King's College London and the National Centre for Social Research, and funded by Comic Relief and the Department of Health.
Age Concern England said the kind of abuse could range from bullying and neglect to carers stealing or manipulating elderly people to change their wills.
A spokesman for the charity said: "Abuses of this nature are completely unacceptable in any care setting. It must stop.
Care homes have a duty to provide a standard of care. It's shocking that some of those trusted to provide that care are failing in their duty. It's a violation of people's basic human rights.


One way to increase the protection for older people would be to extend the human rights act to include privately as well as publicly run care homes.
"Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, particularly are at their most vulnerable."

(Full Text: Telegraph.co.uk)

Let me echo Ivan Lewis's .."I want to see a situation where people are as outraged by the abuse of an older person as they are by the abuse of a child."


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July 9, 2007

Missing voices: views of older persons on elder abuse

A study from eight countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya, Lebanon and Sweden.
Executive summary
Elder abuse, the mistreatment of older people, though a manifestation of the timeless phenomenon of inter-personal violence, is now achieving due recognition.

This report presents the design and findings of the study, and the conclusions of a meeting (Geneva 11–13 October 2001) aimed at identifying the indications for policy, research and action emerging from these study findings. Reports from each country prepared by the national teams were reviewed and analysed at the meeting.

Analysis of the major themes revealed remarkable similarities across the participating countries. Older people perceived abuse under three broad areas:

  • Neglect: isolation, abandonment and social exclusion
  • Violation: of human, legal and medical rights
  • Deprivation: of choices, decisions, status, finances and respect

source: WHO Project

July 8, 2007

Ageing, Ageism & Abuse Seminar & Workshops in Victoria

On 2-3 August 2007
Featured speakers:

Jo Pearson speaking on ageism in the media and in society as a causative factor of elder abuse
Brian Herd speaking on undue influence and the dynamics within the family setting, resulting in abuse & financial exploitation
Lillian Jeter speaking on the profile of the offenders - those who commit sexual assaults & physically abuse as well as others who mistreat older residents, neglect, and psychologically abuse. What goes on in these offenders' minds?
Dr. Yvonne Wells speaking on the psychological issues surrounding elder abuse with a review of the research literature
Colleen Williams speaking on the "culture" within residential care facilities
We have the pleasure to announce two additions to our program:
Norman Aisbett, senior journalist with The West Australian will be moderating our panel discussion. Norman has been a journalist for more than thirty-five years and his career has been distinguished by his concern for social justice issues, both within Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.
Gail Chilianis & Deb Chapman will speak about their personal experiences following the alleged sexual assault of their grandmother in a nursing home on the Mornington Peninsula. Gail & Deb were featured on Lateline on the 20th of February 2006 and will provide a sensitive & emotional portrayal from a family's perspective.
Further details
Venue:
Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
Cost:
See flyer for registration fees
RSVP:See registration form

July 7, 2007

Damning Report on Nursing Home in Melbourne

Gastro probe 'damning' of nursing home management
Posted Thu Jul 5, 2007 2:29pm AEST
(ABC NEWS)

The Health Services Union has described the results of an investigation into a fatal food poisoning outbreak at a Camberwell nursing home in Melbourne as damning.
Five people died and many residents were ill with gastroenteritis at the Broughton Hall Nursing Home at Easter.
An audit found the home failed to provide staff with training and proper instructions for disease control, leading to a delay in the notification and identification of the outbreak.
The union's Shaun Hudson says he is outraged by the way the home's management handled the situation.
"I think it's lack of access to DHS [Department of Human Services] manuals relating to infection control measures ...that staff were not able to avail themselves of, at a time in need...it is completely unacceptable that a facility could be so mismanaged."
The operator of the Broughton Hall nursing home says it has introduced a number of changes since the audit.
Benetas says it has increased staff training and supervision, improved documentation processes, and introduced better feedback processes for residents and their families.

Russia: A Nation of Pensioners

(July 2, 2007)
Farmers over 75 years old are twice as likely as younger farmers to die in an accident while on the job, in large part due to dulling senses and a reluctance to upgrade to newer equipment. Many farmers don’t have retirement plans and therefore feel pressured to continue farming well into old age. Researchers say that it is easier to obtain funding to study child safety on the farm than to study elder safety because it’s a more “emotional issue.” Advocates claim that if shown a safer and less painful way to work, farmers will begin to change their methods.

Source: GAA

Zimbawee : Plight of the Elderly

Zimbabwe: Old and Hapless (July 2, 2007) Zimbabwe's seven-year economic crisis has made the elderly even more vulnerable. Their plights range from being unable to obtain necessary medicines to suffering from cold at night when the government cuts electricity supplies. Food is insufficient; residents of an elderly home survive on plain tea and two slices of bread in the morning, maize meal porridge and beans for lunch and supper.

(Source: GAA newsletter )

Global Action on Aging

Top Stories of this Week NGO MIPAA Progress Reports 2002 - 2007 (June 2007) Tell your story to the world on our widely-read website! NGOs are a crucial part of the United Nations' bottom-up strategy to implement the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. On the occasion of the 5 year review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, Global Action on Aging (GAA) invites you to share your organization's activities that have helped implement the Madrid Plan in your home country. Please fill out the questionnaire as soon as possible and return to globalageing@yahoo.com. Let others know throughout the world what you are doing to make life better for older people. The questionnaire is available in Microsoft Word format in English, Spanish, and Russian and will be available in Arabic, Chinese, and French by August 1, 2007.

July 6, 2007

Australian Govt. Response to Protecting the Elderly

Protecting older Australians in aged care from abuse
The safety of older Australians, including those living in aged care facilities or receiving in-home care, was a priority for the Australian Government, the Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said on 15 June, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

CP64/07 The safety of older Australians, including those living in aged care facilities or receiving in home care, was a priority for the Australian Government, the Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.World Elder Abuse Awareness Day helps raise understanding in both the broader community and in the aged care sector of abuse of older citizens, whether it be verbal, physical or financial abuse or committed by a stranger, friend or family member.“The Government’s primary focus is on ensuring that older Australians are provided with a safe and secure environment by aged care providers and, importantly, that quick and appropriate action is taken when any critical incidents occur,” Mr Pyne said.“Our new package of reforms is aimed at further safeguarding older people receiving care in the community and in residential aged care homes.“The package includes a variety of measures about residential and community aged care, including new complaint investigation procedures, the creation of a new Aged Care Commissioner and police checks for all aged care staff and certain volunteers.“It includes compulsory reporting of sexual and serious physical assault in residential aged care, and legislative protections for approved providers and their staff who report such assaults.“In addition, there will be an increase in the frequency of unannounced inspections of aged care homes by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.“From 1 July 2007, compulsory reporting procedures require aged care workers to report cases of suspected abuse, and offer greater protection to whistleblowers.“Older Australians deserve our respect and I call on all Australians to report immediately suspected abuse incidents.“We cannot be complacent about abuse or neglect of the older members of our community. Prevention of elder abuse is a matter that requires us all – individuals, families, communities, care providers and governments – to work together,” he said.

Victorian State Govt Criticized on EA Prevention

Victorian Government Criticized on Handling of Elder Abuse Prevention.
Author: Mary Wooldridge MLA (14 June2007)

The Bracks Government has played lip service to elder abuse prevention for eight years but failed to address this community crisis.
On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), Shadow Minister for Aged Care Mary Wooldridge said in the two years since the establishment of Labor's Elder Abuse Prevention Project more than 40,000* cases of elder abuse have gone unreported and undetected.
"The reality is that Victoria has no central database to record incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults, and the Government has failed to provide statistics or data stating the exact number of cases of elder abuse in Victoria.
Elder abuse can take the form of physical, emotional or psychological abuse of an older and vulnerable person at the hands of a family member, carer or an institution. The Bracks Government initially promised nearly $6 million for elder abuse prevention but to date has only funded a mere $2.64 million.

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The Frank Punito Case - Continuing Saga

Sad to hear that the abusers are still doing it to the poor man. Check out the Frank Punito Website update page.
Apparently, no one can intervene because the victim:

  • is not disabled, and
  • he is financially independent.

Perhaps we can all send the abusers a public message. Leave your comments on that site. The author of that site has promised to try forwarding such comments to the abusers.

Sorry folks, if you are in the same category as this victim, there are no assistance for you.

Get involved in publicizing such cases. Elder Abuse in any settings is NOT acceptable.

July 5, 2007

HORROR HOME - Nursing Home in Tasmania

Sunday Tasmanian 24 June 2007

ALLEGATIONS: Karingal Home for the Aged in Devonport.
By GILL VOWLES

ELDERLY residents of a Devonport nursing home are being subjected to physical and psychological abuse, according to their carers. The allegations include an instance where a male nurse grabbed an elderly woman by the cheeks of her bottom and made her ‘‘talk
through her a...’’.
A nurse, who claims he was sacked by the Karingal Home for the Aged after telling another staff member he was going to lodge an official complaint, says what he saw turned his stomach. Mr X’s allegations were verified by several people who would not be identified in any way because of fears of repercussions for them or their family members.

They described Karingal, a non-government care facility, as a horror home ruled by fear and deceit. Karingal’s management has emphatically denied the claims. Carers cite examples of neglect, rough treatment and psychological abuse. The allegations include:
An instance where a frail elderly resident was ‘‘thrown into a chair’’.
Cases of residents being sworn and screamed at and ridiculed for their clothes and appearance.
Residents being sedated so early they would be falling asleep at meal times.
A female resident being slapped on the buttocks.

FROM next month it is compulsory for all nursing home staff to report any suspicion of abuse within 24 hours. But aged-care experts say introducing mandatory reporting is unlikely to reduce the incidence of elder abuse. There are no accurate statistics, but it is estimated there are as many as 400,000 cases of unreported abuse in Australia each year.
In Tasmania alone it is estimated 12,000 elderly people experience abuse — either physical, sexual, financial or psychological — each year.

An elderly person was quoted as saying:

‘‘I’d rather wander off in the bush, die and get eaten by devils than end my days
in a place like that’’

Elder Abuse Prevention Association National Seminar

The next national seminar Ageing, Ageism & Abuse covering psychological aspects of Elder Abuse will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre on Friday 3 August 2007. The seminar will be preceded by two half day workshops on Elder Abuse at the same venue on Thursday 2 August 2007.
Clink on the following links for a Seminar Flyer or for details of our Sponsorship & Exhibitor Packages.
Please register now if you are interested in attending the Seminar or Workshops.

For more information, please contact EAPA

July 1, 2007

The Reality - Elder Abuse in Australia

This cartoon sums up the situation. Politicians often say "We're waiting on a report"; Lawyers/Attorneys: "Sorry, no existing laws can help."; Doctors: "Sorry, the medication didn't help."
(Please email me for permission to use cartoon.)

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Any Charges Reported on this blog are Merely Accusations and the Defendants are Presumed Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty.

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