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August 30, 2010

Elder Abuse the Subject of Research (USA)

Elder abuse the subject of research
$654,000 grant to fund project
August 27, 2010

Armed with one of the largest federal awards ever made to combat elder abuse, Ventura County social workers are joining with researchers to test ways to reduce its impact.
The $654,000 award funds a project that sends medical specialists into the homes of vulnerable adults and assesses what difference the specialists make.
Another goal is to find out whether elder abuse follows a course similar to that of chronic disease.
“Over time, it gets worse without intervention,” said Linda Henderson, deputy director in the county Human Services Agency.
The National Academy of Sciences conducted a large research project that suggested the link with chronic disease, but it has not been proven, Henderson said.
Researchers at a yet-to-be selected university will test that theory by looking at the effectiveness of an assessment tool that Henderson and county social workers developed in 2008. If validated, it could provide something that social workers handling adult protection cases now lack in California, she said.
“There is really no instrument that assesses the level of risk and ties that to the interventions we provide and the outcomes,” Henderson said. “What we want to find out is if there is a particular profile based on this instrument that leads to a particular outcome over another.”
The project will primarily focus on seniors and disabled adults younger than 65 who neglect to take care of basic needs for shelter, nutrition and healthcare as their conditions deteriorate.
The problem, known as self-neglect, is common in complaints of adult abuse and neglect. Of the 2,271 complaints reported to a hotline last fiscal year in Ventura County, about 40 percent involved self-neglect.
Henderson said proper medical attention is key to getting better results, but many of these individuals are so isolated and fearful that they won’t seek it on their own.
They don’t eat properly, won’t leave their homes and may not have seen a doctor for years. They forget to pay their bills. Their thinking may be confused, although they’re not suffering full-fledged dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Social workers visit these vulnerable adults but lack the legal authority to force them to go out to see a doctor.
Now, however, a physician, a psychologist with special training in neurological disorders, a licensed clinical social worker and public health nurses are making home visits.
“This is a very exciting thing because we keep seeing people so vulnerable,” said Marcy Snider, who oversees adult protective services.
Managers already have seen some success since the program began in July, supplementing the work done by a multi-disciplinary team that includes law enforcement, mental health and senior agencies.
A doctor visited an elderly woman, found she had been ill in a hospital emergency room but had failed to get a prescription filled.
“We delivered it that day,” Henderson said.
Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, helped the county get the federal funding as an earmark.
Some have criticized earmarks as “pork barrel” projects benefiting a congressman’s district, but, Henderson said, this initiative could have national implications in advancing knowledge on elder abuse.
Gallegly said he was pleased to help secure the funding, calling the program comprehensive and cost-effective.
Preliminary results are due by the end of January.
© 2010 Ventura County Star.

SOURCE:     The Ventura County Star

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Nursing Home On Notice (AUSTRALIA)


By Jim Campbell
28th August 2010
FAMILIES of residents living at Shalom Toowoomba Nursing Home were left shocked yesterday after learning the home had been hit with sanctions by the aged care watchdog.
The McDougall Street nursing home has been banned from taking in any new residents for six months under the punitive measures announced by the Department of Health and Ageing on Thursday.
A statement from the Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency had identified serious risks to the health, safety and well-being of residents.
The Minister said areas of serious risk included inadequate staff training, inadequate clinical supervision and inappropriate delivery of the care required.
The home, which was formerly the Rangehaven Nursing Home on Tourist Road, relocated and reopened earlier this year after an $18 million redevelopment.
The horrified daughter of one resident, who did not want to be named, said she was devastated at the situation her mother was now in.
“We thought we’d done our homework in putting our mum in the best place,” the woman said.
She said she had already lodged several complaints with Shalom management regarding her mother’s care.
The woman said carers had not managed her elderly mother’s diet properly, they had neglected to cut her toenails and they had even confused her mother with another resident who had become seriously ill.
“They mixed up the names and called me with a condition update about someone else who was really unwell.
“It was horrible,” she said.
Another woman whose parents are in the nursing home said she felt uncomfortable telling staff her concerns about her parents’ care.
She said she had been told there would be a meeting on Monday night to discuss the situation with residents and their families.
The department and the ACSAA will visit the home every day until the “serious risks” to residents have been addressed.
A detailed report regarding the investigation will be published on the ACSAA website in coming months.

SOURCE:   The Chronicle, Australia

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Santa Cruz Bank Teller Thwarts Elder Abuse Scam (USA)


By Jennifer Squires 
08/26/2010
SANTA CRUZ 
A bank teller may have prevented a theft Tuesday when she questioned a large withdrawal being made by an elderly Santa Cruz woman, police reported.
Police suspect the incident was a case of elder abuse, police spokesman Zach Fried.
The 90-year-old woman said a man came to her house Tuesday, showed her some sort of badge and said she needed to pay a bond associated with an accident she had a few weeks prior.
She thought the badge meant he was a police officer, so they drove together to a River Street bank to get money for the bond, Friend said.
But the teller was suspicious about the amount being withdrawn and, after the elderly woman said what the money was for, the teller called police, Friend said.
The man with the badge was no longer in the woman's vehicle when officers arrived. He has not been located, but no money was lost in the incident, police reported.


SOURCE:    The Mercury News
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Abuse of the Elderly Prevention Strategies (NEPAL)

Abuse of the elderly Prevention strategies
  2010-08-26
By Chhatra Pradhan

The world celebrates June 15 as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day every year. This is a special day for creating in the minds of the general public the awareness against the abuse of senior citizens. We would like to make a sincere appeal that the day should not be observed just as a 
formality, rather it should be the day of making promises to remove all kinds of abuses of the elderly citizens rampant in our society. The abuse of the senior citizens has gone from bad to worse, and this in the educated and conscious families is still more objectionable. 

Some of the developed countries have been running general awareness programs. China has made a law for the children to meet their parents once a year to save the senior citizens from the feeling of loneliness. Similarly, laws have been made in some countries to provide their senior citizens with the privileges of property among others. Nepal has also taken the initiative with concern for the respect and protection of its senior citizens by providing them some financial support. Still, we need strong legal initiatives to prevent abuses still meted out to the senior citizens in our society. 

Because of the lack of the awareness, we find senior citizens particularly facing abuse in the rural areas of Nepal. However, in the urban and elite class people, the senior citizens are seen to be undergoing loneliness due to the growing trend of nuclear families. Even in joint families, the senior 
citizens have been suffering due to negligence and misbehaviour from their daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. 

The identification of the nature and the kind of the abuse that the senior 
citizens face in the family and the society is a major challenge today. In cases where the senior citizens get sufficient love and care even in poor families, other difficulties and scarcities are minimized. But, the care and affection for the senior citizens in the family are limited to formality and social decency, which hides the real picture. Particularly, the lack of emotional attachments, financial and physical support including adequate food together with mistreatment, negligence etc are other problems. It is a need of the time for the government and non-government organizations working in this sector, to extend the awareness programs to the general people and monitor them. 

There are some examples, which represent the mistreatment that the senior citizens face in the society. For example, even an educated son Padma Bahadur Karki thrashed his old father Narbahadur and mother Shanta Karki (staying at Baune of Morang district), asking for his share of the property. After the death of her husband, Shanta couldn’t stay at her home, due to the hatred, mistreatment and physical assault meted out to her by her son and had to take shelter in the old home. 

Certainly, we can check and reduce such avoidable incidents of abuse the senior citizen have to suffer from with the promotion of education and awareness. For this, the need is also to carefully and patiently listen to the senior citizen and their care-givers. We should make on the spot interference, in case of any doubt of abuse of any kind and identify whether it is abuse or not. We have to carefully inform others while reporting such incidents. As a caregiver, one should be especially careful, to reduce the abuse that occurs knowingly or unknowingly, which the elders suffer from. On the part of the caretaker, fatigue, tension, irritation or even the effect of intoxication can be the cause for abuse of the senior citizen from his/her side. Therefore, the organizations established to reduce abuse of the senior citizens, should focus on the habit, behaviour, and activities of the caregiver. In this regard, the neighbors and local people in the area where the senior citizens live, should be advised, and inspired to inform the concerned authorities as soon as any abuse comes to the notice.

The abuse and mistreatment of the senior citizens due to the financial factor is found to be more in the economically backward society. We have been witnessing the suppression and cruel behaviour directed at the senior citizens through instances like snatching away the land and property, bank balance, the amount kept in person with the senior citizen, by the family members and others. The initiative from the concerned authorities and organizations is a must to prevent such incidents. This can be done while observing the food, health-care and financial section closely specially focusing on the symptoms and behaviour of the abused, the culprits mostly being family members themselves. 

The senior citizens should also be made aware about reducing the possible abuse that he/she can go through. They have to take legal support to verify their appropriate financial transactions, should inform it to their close friend and relatives, maintaining the approximation with the relatives and good-hearted ones. They should inform the concerned authority in case of abuse as soon as possible. 

Pradhan is an Executive Member of the National Senior Citizen Organizations’ Network Nepal. 


SOURCE:   The Himalayan Times
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August 28, 2010

Girardville Woman Admits Stealing More Than $163,000 From Senior Citizen (USA)

BY PETER E. BORTNER STAFF WRITER 
August 27, 2010

A Girardville woman admitted Thursday in Schuylkill County Court that she stole more than $163,000 from an elderly Shenandoah woman from 2006 through 2008.
Michelle A. Connors, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property in connection with taking $163,358.93 from Mary O'Connell.
Judge Jacqueline L. Russell, who accepted Connors' plea, did not immediately sentence her, instead ordering a presentence investigation. Russell did not set a sentencing date, but said she definitely would need more information before approving the plea.
"I had questions about the plea," Russell said. "I need more information to justify whether this is an appropriate sentence."
Neither prosecutors nor James G. Conville, Schuylkill Haven, Connors' lawyer, would say what the proposed sentence under the plea agreement would be.
Russell could reject the agreement, in which case Connors would either withdraw her plea and take the case to trial or allow the judge to impose any sentence permissible under the law. The maximum possible sentence would be 14 years in a state correctional institution and $30,000 in fines.
Connors remains free on $5,000 bail pending sentencing. She said nothing while leaving Russell's courtroom, and people with her tried to obstruct photographers attempting to take her picture.
Shenandoah police and the Schuylkill County District Attorney's Elder Abuse Unit charged Connors with taking the money from O'Connell, who was 89 when the incidents allegedly started, between November 2006 and September 2008.
Investigators said the thefts occurred while Connors had power of attorney for O'Connell.
Connors took over the woman's assets, which totaled $222,692.61, in November 2006 and had control of the money until Sept. 11, 2008, prosecutors said.
During that time, Connors, who befriended O'Connell at Shenandoah Manor, bought items including a camera, computer and a cell phone using money from the woman's account, according to prosecutors. Connors worked at Shenandoah Manor and O'Connell lived there, prosecutors said.
Connors also made numerous ATM withdrawals and large counter withdrawals from the bank, including $5,000 that she used to fix a roof, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Connors also withdrew $10,000 she said was to prepay for O'Connell's funeral. The prepayment was actually $7,110 and Connors never returned the remaining $2,890, according to prosecutors.
Conville and Assistant District Attorney Robert P. Frantz each declined to comment on the case after the hearing.
County Detective Dorothy "Dolly" Malec, a member of the Elder Abuse Unit, said the case serves as a reminder about potential dangers in the handling of money.
"I believe this is a good warning not only to senior citizens but to anyone," she said. "We give training to law enforcement, clergy and home health care workers as to what to look for."Defendant: Michelle A. Connors


SOURCE:     The Republican Herald
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Bank Teller Guilty of Withdrawing Customers' Money (USA)



Daily Journal Staff Report

August 27, 2010


A former Redwood City bank teller prosecutors say stole $33,000 from the account of a teenage girl whose deceased mother left her the money and $40,000 from her own elder aunt faces a year in jail for grand theft and fiscal elder abuse.
Arcelia Barajas Aguilar, 28, stole her mother’s Social Security number to obtain a teller job with the San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City, according to prosecutors.

On June 2, 2009, she reportedly transferred $33,000 to her personal account from that of a 16-year-old girl whose mother left her the money. On July 3, she allegedly transferred $40,000 from her 74-year-old aunt’s account into her own.
The fraudulent transfers were discovered during a bank audit.
Aguilar spent all but $5,000 of the money, apparently on credit card debt, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

After Aguilar pleaded no contest to felony grand theft and felony elder fiscal abuse, Judge Lisa Novak said how much restitution she can pay by sentencing will be a factor in the term imposed.

Aguilar will be sentenced Oct. 13 and is free from custody on a $25,000 bail bond. 

SOURCE:    SMDAILY JOURNAL

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Son Guilty of Killing 100-Year-Old Mother (UK)

23 August 2010


A son stabbed his 100-year-old mother in the neck then told his brother "I've just gone mad," a court has heard.
Michael Fitzgibbon, 62, admitted the manslaughter of Hannah Fitzgibbon at the Old Bailey.
She died from a stab wound to her neck at the terraced home they shared in Stepney, east London in February.
Fitzgibbon denied murder and the prosecution accepted his manslaughter plea on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The unemployed former black cab driver was initially charged with murder.
But prosecutors accepted a plea to the lesser charge after psychiatrists agreed he was suffering depression of "moderate severity" as well as the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, said: "This is a case in which the defendant stabbed his mother when she was 100 years old.
Deteriorating health
"This occurred at a time when it seems that in fact the defendant's own health was deteriorating at a rather more rapid rate than that of his mother."
Mr Aylett said Fitzgibbon's condition was undiagnosed at the time of the killing, although "some of the symptoms were apparent to family and friends".
He added: "Neither psychiatrists nor anyone else could think of any rational explanation for why the defendant would have killed his mother other than the one the defendant himself offered in the immediate aftermath.
"He told his brother on the telephone, and later police, 'I've just gone mad'."
Judge Richard Hone ordered pre-sentence reports to decide on whether to jail Fitzgibbon or take an "exceptional" course of action in giving a supervision order because of the state of his health.
He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 13 September.

SOURCE:    BBC NEWS

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August 25, 2010

Stopping Elder Abuse Before it Starts

Stopping Elder Abuse Before it Starts
3.08.2010
Posted in Elderly Care

Stopping elder abuse and nursing home neglect is important, but a lot of people either do not know how they can help or they are too reluctant to get involved in doing anything.

This can come from not having much time, or it can come from the idea that it is not their business. If an elderly person is being abused or mistreated, however, it is everyone’s business. These people deserve the same fair treatment that anyone else receives, and they should not have to fear being victims of nursing home neglect or elder abuse.

Much of this can be stopped before it starts by thoroughly researching a nursing home and ensuring that the facility has not been in trouble for any kind of abuse in the past or had complaints lodged against it. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that there will never be a problem there.

If a problem with nursing home neglect or elder abuse does occur, it may be necessary to hire an elder abuse lawyer to protect the rights of the injured party and to receive monetary compensation for the damage that was caused.

Naturally, it would be better never to have any need for attorneys and never have to worry about problems like abuse and neglect. Because the world is imperfect, however, there are many times when lawyers are needed.

Anyone who thinks that his or her loved one is being abused or neglected should certainly speak up so that the elderly person can be protected and the facility can be investigated. When people turn their backs on this kind of abuse, and decide not to hire a nursing home negligence attorney, the abuse and neglect simply continues, making the chances for other elderly people to experience the same kind of abuse even higher.

When a person decides to hire a nursing home abuse lawyer, he or she is taking an important step toward ending abuse and neglect of elderly people everywhere.

This is due to the fact that nursing homes and other elder care facilities that are caught abusing and neglecting residents should be punished. If they do receive punishment, other facilities will take note of that and realize that they cannot risk allowing those kinds of things to happen.

They must take very good care of their residents in order to avoid the attention of an elder abuse lawyer. When they take this to heart, the residents in their care are treated better and everyone wins.

Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com


SOURCE:     ARTICLES.VP.LY
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Continued Budget Cuts Shred Sacramento's Senior Safety Net (USA)

Continued budget cuts shred Sacramento's senior safety net
By Anita Creamer

Aug. 21, 2010
Sacramento's safety net for seniors continues to fray, the result of several years' worth of city and county budget cuts.
"The system for seniors has been decimated," said Sacramento County Senior and Adult Services division chief Bernadette Lynch, "and there's been no choice about it.
"The bubble of the baby boom is still coming, and the services will not be there for them."
To help close a $55 million county budget shortfall, the county's In-Home Supportive Services program – which helps keep the low-income elderly and disabled out of nursing homes – lost 50 employees.
Layoffs included not only administrative staff but two full teams of caseworkers, leaving 8,400 of the county's 21,000 current IHSS cases without ongoing social worker support.
Some 1,500 cases still await initial intake, Lynch said, because budget cuts necessitated the consolidation of IHSS' screening unit with that of Adult Protective Services.
The result for remaining IHSS staff is that caseloads will increase from 280 to 450 apiece.
"They won't have time to do anything but assessments," Lynch said. "All the referrals we used to make to other services that helped shore up IHSS will go out the door."
Adult Protective Services, which lost its financial abuse unit to budget constraints a year ago, investigated more than 2,500 elder abuse cases over the past fiscal year, but Lynch and community advocates agree that the ongoing economic pressures on older adults and their families could easily lead to an increase in APS cases over the coming year.
"We won't see the impact of some of these cuts for a while," said Community Services Planning Council executive director Nancy Findeisen.
Sacramento 211, the free telephone referral service sponsored by the planning council, already reports an increase in calls from seniors seeking assistance, said supervisor Bob Diercks.
Meanwhile, many county-supported collaborations with nonprofits – such as the Geriatric Network, a Catholic Healthcare West program that provided free in-home mental health evaluations and services for older adults – have also fallen victim to budgetary woes.
"The resources have dried up," said Lynch.
As part of efforts to reduce the city's $50 million budget deficit, cuts to the parks and recreation department include shorter hours and fewer classes at the Hart Senior Center in midtown Sacramento.
Several years' worth of economic stress have taken a cumulative toll on programs for the city's older population, said Sylvia Fort, who manages the parks division's Older Adult Services.
Previous years have seen the elimination of the Caring Neighborhoods program, which encouraged neighbors to work together to keep seniors living safely at home, as well as a decrease in the number of sites offering day programs for people with dementia.
In the midst of the economic woes, the Meals on Wheels program, which the Asian Community Center took over from the county in July, counts as a bright spot.
Now funded by a $4.5 million Area 4 Agency on Aging grant, the program delivers weekly frozen five-packs of meals and feeds 2,000 low-income seniors daily.
Recipients are asked, but not required, to offer a donation of $2 a day.
"The number of donors is way down," said ACC chief operating officer Donna Yee. "We're realizing that seniors are feeling they have way less money to spend.
"We're really going to have to do a lot more fund development to make up for that."

SOURCE:    SACBEE.COM

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August 24, 2010

Guardianship in Arizona: Elder Care O0r Elder Abuse? (AZ. USA)

AUGUST 21, 2010
Guardianship in Arizona: Look Closely

Many people move to Arizona for the weather and recreation because it's considered a haven for retirees who want to live out their golden years. But something else is happening here - something haunting.
For Clair's mom, Gloria Horrigan, it was a nightmare.
Clair said her mother was taken to a nursing home against her will and not allowed visitors, not even family.
“It's sickening...It really truly is sickening,” said Clair.
It was a struggle for Robert Brown to bring his wife, Rosemary, home.
She was also taken and within a matter of weeks, the family wasn't allowed to see her either.
What happened in both cases started in a Maricopa County Courtroom - right in front of a judge.
Both Rosemary and Gloria had health issues that made it hard on their families.
Families can't force a loved one to get help, but a guardian can.
That's why their cases ended up in probate court, which hears issues on care for vulnerable adults.
The court approved a guardian in both cases. And both times, the guardian was Sun Valley Group of Tempe.
Their website states they offer "support for client's physical, social, emotional and mental health."
As part of their service, Sun Valley Group also took care of Gloria's personal finances.
But Clair said her mom did not get proper medical treatment and her bills weren't paid. Gloria's house went into foreclosure.
“I’m physically sick from seeing what they've done to my mother. My family, my children, everyone has been affected by this,” said Clair.
Rosemary had a similar story. She was depressed and refused medical care.
Her husband Robert needed help, so he said he agreed to let Sun Valley Group take Rosemary when they promised to make sure she got treatment.
But Robert said under the company's care, she never did, so now family friend and doctor, Marge Butler, is Rosemary's guardian.
“The bills were now coming at a ferried pace,” said Marge.
In total, Marge said the family spent over a $100,000. That was for just four months of Sun Valley Group's care.
It ended when the nursing home thought Rosemary was dying. They finally allowed the family to see her.
As for Gloria, Clair said the company seemed much more interested in her mom's money than her health.

Gloria's final bill was just under $500,000 and included charges for an employee to open her mail at $75 an hour.
“They are supposed to be her guardian and are supposed to be like her parents and look out for her best interests,” said Clair.
After repeatedly being turned down for an on camera interview, The ABC15 Investigators went to Sun Valley Group's office.
They asked us to leave.
We then caught up with the owner of Sun Valley, Peter Frenette, at a county courthouse.
He was leaving a probate hearing involving fees from a different case. Even after several questions, Frenette would not comment.
The ABC15 Investigators have found more issues plaguing Sun Valley Group.
Frenette's wife, Heather, is co-owner, but she is being investigated by the Arizona nursing board.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Organized Crime Unit is also investigating Sun Valley Group.
By state law, both investigations are secret.
We also discovered three multi-million dollar lawsuits filed this year against the company for fraud and racketeering.
Grant Goodman is the attorney for three former Sun Valley Group clients.
“It's more of a criminal enterprise,” said Goodman, “They need to be prosecuted.”
He claimed to find a pattern with these cases.
“They effectively medicate them to such an extent that they really are non-functional,” said Goodman, “And they do that while they're liquidating their assets.”
The three lawsuits also blame probate court.
“The mob isn't this efficient, nor does the mob have the luxury of having a court rubberstamp these proceedings,” said Goodman.
Goodman is not the only one who thinks that way.
Last month, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order to investigate probate court. One of the issues is regulating fees.
Now, Rosemary is back with her family and doing well. She is getting the treatment that she needs.
“We just plan to enjoy life,” said Robert.
Sun Valley Group filed motions to dismiss with the three lawsuits shown in this investigation.
Neither Gloria nor Rosemary has filed a lawsuit.
If you would like any further information on guardianship, visit one or more of these websites:
National Guardianship Association offers a Model Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and answers to basic questions 877-326-5992.
Center for Guardianship Certification has a directory of certified guardians who have taken a test, agreed to abide by ethical standards, and not been disqualified for prior conduct.

For in-depth reports on guardianship, visit AARP’s Public Policy Institute, or the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Law and Aging
For more information contact Senior Solutions at (954) 456-8984 or toll free at 1-800-213-3524
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August 23, 2010

Man Sentenced To Prison For Rape, Elder Abuse (USA)



Felix Panem, 54, Will Spend 3 Years In Prison
August 20, 2010

A former nursing assistant at an East County rehabilitation center who admitted raping a 76-year-old incoherent patient in her room on multiple occasions was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.

Copyright 2010 by City News Service

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SOURCE:    10NEWS.COM
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Seminar: How to Identify and Respond to Elder Abuse (AUSTRALIA)

This seminar will provide Community Care Coordinators,Case Managers and Service Level Managers the opportunity to participate in a practical session on how to identify and respond to elder abuse in the community setting.
The main presenter for this seminar will be Paul Sadler, CEO Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT. Paul is a member of the Leadership Group of the australian Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse, and has extensive ecperience in the area of recognitiona nd response to incidents of elder abuse as a researcher, practitioner and policy maker
The seminar will also include an update of the NSW Inter-Agency Protocol for Responding to the Abuse of Older People.
AFTERNOON SEMINAR
Tuesday September 7, 2010

Please find the registration form below.

SOURCE:     AGEDSERVICES.ASN.AU

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Senior Legal Aid (VA. CANADA)


VANCOUVER COURIER
 AUGUST 20, 2010

Older adults concerned about fraud, scams, and financial abuse can find help at the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support. The centre announced a new legal service to provide adults over 55 with free legal consultation with the goal of preventing and protecting their financial assets and legal rights. 

The service is designed to help people avoid a number of common forms of financial elder abuse, and clients receive a one-on-one legal consultation with a lawyer. Topics include how to avoiding financial abuse, keeping an eye out for fraud and scams, understanding powers of attorney, and managing representation agreements and wills.

Consultations are free and confidential. For more information or to book an appointment, contact Jaime Green at 604-688-1927 or at legalcheckup@bcceas.ca.
© Copyright (c) Vancouver Courier


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Adult Children Abandoning Parents at Hotels (USA)

Adult Children Abandoning Parents at Hotels
August 19, 2010
LAKE MARY, Fla. – 

Investigators in Seminole County say they've discovered a bizarre problem: adult children are dropping off their elderly parents at hotels and motels, and abandoning them.

"A lot of the local hotels seem to be getting seniors that are just dropped off by their kids," said Officer Zach Hudson of the Lake Mary Police Department.
One man was left at the La Quinta Inn in Lake Mary for several weeks.
"Two different times he fell out of his bed during the midnight shift. We didn't know about it. We had people call up, saying there's a gentleman in this room, he's screaming for help," said Chris Loker of La Quinta Inn.

The problem comes down to money.
Copyright 2010 by wftv.com. 


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