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November 29, 2010

All Elder Abuse Claims Investigated, Said Minister (CANADA)


All elder abuse claims investigated: Oswald
Woman questions care of father in nursing home
By: Larry Kusch
26/11/2010

Health Minister Theresa Oswald wants to assure Manitobans that the provincial government reviews all allegations of abuse in personal-care homes.

She was responding to accusations by Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard that the government was indifferent to elder abuse. He cited a report showing the government completed fewer investigations of abuse in personal-care homes during the past few years, while the number of allegations soared.


Oswald said Thursday that all reports brought before the provincial Protection for Persons in Care Office are reviewed. If a more detailed investigation is warranted, it is launched and remedies, if necessary, are carried out.

"The ... suggestion that things are being reported and not being reviewed, it's simply untrue. And Manitobans need to know that," she said Thursday.



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SOURCE:      The Brandon Sun
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Former Nurse Headed to Trial (PA. USA)

Former nurse headed to trial
November 27, 2010
For The Reporter

NORRISTOWN —
A former nurse at a Plymouth nursing facility is headed to trial on charges he allegedly allowed an 81-year-old woman to turn blue from respiratory distress and didn't reconnect her ventilator, in order to watch her "suffer."

Jury selection will begin Dec. 6 in the case against Abiodun Agbodlahan Oke, 44, of Strathmore Drive, Macungie, Lehigh County, according court papers available Friday.



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SOURCE:     The Reporter Online
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November 28, 2010

Jail For Neglecting Grandparents (AUSTRALIA)


By political writer
LINDA SILMALIS
Sunday Telegraph
November 28, 2010

FAMILIES who neglect grandparents in their care could face up to five years' jail under an overhaul of the State's crime laws.
With an ageing population and increasing cases of elderly neglect, the State Government is amending its laws to help protect some of the State's most vulnerable citizens.
A person who fails to provide adequate food, clothing or shelter to an elderly person who is in their care, voluntarily or in a contractual arrangement, will face legal action. Under the existing Act, it is an offence to neglect "a wife, a servant or an insane person".
NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos said the Act had not been modified since the early 1900s.
He said the new laws would affect those who were deemed responsible for the care of an elderly citizen.
"More people than ever are relying on their children and other carers to look after their basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter," Mr Hatzistergos said.


"The new laws will guard against elder abuse and provide peace of mind for vulnerable seniors."
The maximum penalty will be five years' jail. The amendments will also remove the reference to an insane person, which is dated and disrespectful, Mr Hatzistergos said.
A NSW Advisory Committee on the Abuse of Older People report identified neglect as failing to give adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care or dental care.
"Neglect may involve the refusal to permit other people to provide appropriate care," it said.
"Examples include abandonment, non-provision of food, clothing or shelter, inappropriate use of medication, and poor hygiene or personal care. The abuser may be a family member, friend, neighbour, care worker, another nursing home resident or other person in close contact with the victim."
The plight of the elderly in NSW was exposed by The Sunday Telegraph in an investigation into two Sydney nursing homes in April.
The three-week undercover investigation revealed neglect was widespread: most families did not regularly visit their elderly relatives.
Many of the elderly were malnourished and went hungry every day, with carers failing to properly feed them.
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures show a rising number of people are appearing before the courts on charges relating to neglect or ill-treatment of someone in their care.
Last year, 66 people appeared before the courts - up from 28 just two years before.
The State Government estimates the proportion of people aged 65 years and older will double from 14 per cent to 22 per cent by 2030. For the first time in a decade there will be more people aged 65 and over than those under 14, according to a Department of Ageing and Disability Services report.
Police urge those who suspect elderly neglect to contact their local police station or the Commonwealth Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

SOURCE:     The Daily Telegraph, Australia
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DCF Looking into Elder Abuse Allegation (FL. USA)


DCF looking into elder abuse allegation
Complaints found ‘unconfirmed’ by state health care agency, assisted living facility states
By TIFFANY REPECKI
November 27, 2010

The Department of Children and Families is looking into a report of alleged elderly abuse at an assisted living facility in Cape Coral.


DCF opened an investigation on Nov. 16 after being contacted by the Cape Coral police about a report filed involving Clare Bridge of Cape Coral, at 911 Santa Barbara Blvd. Two victims are listed on the same DCF abuse report.



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SOURCE:      LeHighAcresCitizen
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November 27, 2010

Family Accusing Winnipeg Care Home of Elder Abuse (CANADA)


By 
Jeremy Hunka

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Nov. 25 2010
A family is accusing a Winnipeg care home of abusing, neglecting and mocking a loved one.
Phyllis Froese says staff at the care home abused her father, 95-year-old Henry Froese, for almost eight months.
"It was horrible, we couldn't have a relationship with my dad, we never knew what we would encounter when we went there," Phyllis Froese says.
She claims he was mocked by staff, neglected and put on an anti-psychotic drug without family consultation. She describes "a lot of mysterious bruises, skin tears, that we never did find out how they happened."
The allegations are one example of what some are calling a growing trend.
Government statistics show the number of reports of care home abuse cases has soared by 200 per cent this decade.
"Instead of preventing the abuse, making sure it stops, the numbers are skyrocketing," says Jon Gerrard, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.
However, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is defending their record, saying Henry Froese's case was thoroughly investigated.
"Are there any sings of mishandling of the resident? There was no evidence to indicate that in this case," says Real Cloutier, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
The provincial government says the skyrocketing number of abuse reports is misleading because reporting is now much more thorough now that it was before.
"The suggestion that things are being reported and not being reviewed is simply untrue, and Manitobans need to know that," said health minister Theresa Oswald.
However, the allegations are a concern to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
"If there are more cases being reported, there is more abuse," says Sylvia Rothney, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
The society says cases of abuse will continue to increase, as the population continues to age.



SOURCE:    WINNIPEG CTV
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HSE Launch Elder Abuse Campaign (IRELAND)

 25 November 2010


THE HSE Midlands is reminding people this week of the national Elder Abuse campaign 'Open your Eyes', which aims to highlight the issue of Elder Abuse and increase the awareness of this issue among the general public.
Most older people do not experience abuse. But, unfortunately, there are ways in which an older person can be harmed or abused by others.

An older person may also experience more than one form of abuse at any given time.
Elder Abuse has been defined as a "single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person or violates their human and civil rights".(Protecting Our Future, 2002)

All referrals of alleged Elder Abuse to the HSE are treated in confidence and, as much as possible, handled in a way that respects the wishes of the older person.

The aim of the HSE service is to ensure the safety and well-being of an older person while providing support to stop the abusive behaviour. Anyone who is being abused, or is concerned about abuse, should talk to someone they trust or they can contact the Elder Abuse Officer for Laois/Offaly in confidence at 057 93 29201, email carmel.broughan@hse.ie or postal address 9 William Street, Tullamore County Offaly .

Alternatively, you can contact the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850 Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm or contact a health professional such as GP, Public Health Nurse or Social Worker. Information with regard to forms and types of Elder Abuse are available at Older People Services



SOURCE:     The Offaly Express.ie
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November 24, 2010

Mother, Son Duck Jail Time for Elder Theft in Plea Deal


Mother, son duck jail time for elder theft in plea deal
 By JESSICA E. DAVIS
CITY NEWS SERVICE
NOVEMBER 23, 2010

Over the objection of the prosecution, a man and his mother pleaded guilty Monday to bilking a Palm Springs couple out of nearly $1 million in a plea deal that allows them to avoid jail time for elder abuse.
Mary Agnes Stewart, 65, and Joseph Stewart Cunningham, 47, were each charged with 19 counts of theft of more than $400 from an elder, 19 counts of diversion of more than $1,000 in contract funds and 18 sentence-enhancing allegations that they caused more than $200,000 in property damage.

SOURCE:     MYDESERT.COM


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Carer's Plea to 'Help the Aged' (UK)


Carer's plea to 'help the aged'
23 November 2010 
A Londonderry woman who looks after three elderly relatives has said she's struggling to cope.
Her pleas come a day after the number of new nursing home places within the Western Trust's area was cut to two a month.
Eileen Mallon cares for two elderly aunts, and a third is due home from hospital once a care package can be put in place.
She is determined to keep her aunts together, but said the family feel the existing provision - of four twenty-minute sessions a day with two carers - is not enough for all three, and they need more help.
The Western Trust said they did not comment on individual cases, but given the "extremely challenging financial climate" it had to prioritise placements and domiciliary care support for those in greatest need.
Eileen explained that two of her aunts were "totally incapacitated."
"They need hoisted and are in a wheelchair all the time.


We need to help the aged, and put care packages into a context where they really look after people. ”
Eileen Mallon
"My Auntie Lily is in hospital at the moment and she's the priority for us.
"Before she went in her carers had been finding it difficult to manage her, and the social worker was doing his best to try and up her care to two people plus an extra visit a day but he was unsuccessful.
"In hospital she was treated for ten days and then they decided it was time to discharge her.
"We were called to a meeting and we highlighted our concern that she couldn't manage with one carer before she went into hospital, but the physiotherapist insisted she was capable of being handled by one carer.
"But she will have to be discharged with one carer.
Family strain
"We feel she's coming home to an unsafe environment.
"It will put a lot of strain on myself and my older sister who helps me.
"My sister has rheumatoid arthritis, so it's like the blind leading the blind at the moment.
"My Auntie May is constantly asking, 'What about Lily, when's Lily coming home?' and crying.
"So there's a strain with her being in hospital, but it's also going to be a strain if we have to bring her home with just one carer.
"We need to help the aged, and put care packages into a context where they really look after people.
"My aunts want to stay at home and they don't want to be separated, so no matter how difficult the struggle becomes, somehow or other we will keep my aunts together and at home for as long as it takes."


It's a very clear waste of resources if three elderly ladies find themselves in full time institutional care costing thousands of pounds a week”
Gerry MacLochlainn Sinn Fein councillor
Sinn Fein councillor Gerry MacLochlainn, who attended a meeting between Western Trust and the family, said they were at their "wit's end".
"Of course the Trust is under severe financial stress and they have to be efficient in terms of resources, but it's a very clear waste of resources if three elderly ladies find themselves in full time institutional care costing thousands of pounds a week.
"That can be easily avoided if they are given the relatively modest amount of care they're looking for."
In a statement, the Western Trust said it had a process in place through which all requests for placement and domiciliary care are reviewed, prioritised and allocated on a weekly basis, within the resources available.
"Regrettably this means that some people will have to wait longer than they might have anticipated for such support.
"All cases are continually kept under review.
"The Western Trust will continue to work with families and carers in this very challenging financial environment and will continue to prioritise resources to those with the greatest need."
 SOURCE:   BBC.UK









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Cases of Elder Abuse Topped 15,000 in Fiscal 2009 Govt. Survey (JAPAN)

The number of elderly abuse reports in fiscal 2009 topped 15,000, setting a new high, a government survey has revealed.
The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has compiled reports of elder abuse from the municipal and prefectural governments across the country based on the Act on Prevention of Elderly Abuse, which went into effect in 2006 and obliges anyone who spots such abuse to report it to their local government.
According to the survey results, the number of abuse cases against those aged 65 or older was confirmed to be 15,691 in fiscal 2009, up 732 (4.9 percent) from the previous fiscal year and the worst ever since statistics started being collected in fiscal 2006. Elder abuse reports have been increasing every year, growing about 1.24 times in the four years.
Most of the victims were reportedly abused by their families and relatives, and 45.7 percent of them were dementia sufferers needing care. The number of elder abuse-related deaths also hit a record high of 32, tying that reported in fiscal 2006.
According to the survey, 77.3 percent of those abused by their families and relatives were women, with those in their 80s accounting for 42.2 percent and those certified by their municipal government as being in need of nursing care reaching 68.6 percent. In addition, "sons" made up 41 percent of the abusers, followed by "husbands" (17.7 percent) and "daughters" (15.2 percent).
"I assume this is linked to the fact that many children who are looking after their aging parents don't have a job or they have to quit their job to care for their parents," one official of the ministry suggested.
Apart from the victims' families and relatives, nursing home employees were also reported as abusers in 76 cases, up 8.6 percent from the previous fiscal year and the largest ever figure, according to the survey.
By type of abuse, 63.5 percent was physical abuse, followed by verbal and other psychological abuse (38.2 percent), financial abuse (26.1 percent, including property embezzlement) and nursing negligence (25.5 percent).
Moreover, the 32 deaths were comprised of 17 cases of murder, six cases of nursing negligence causing death and five cases of assault. According to the ministry, municipal governments had previously received reports or consultations regarding abuse in "around half" of the 32 cases.
Meanwhile, the abuse reports at nursing homes included a case in which a group home was ordered by the local government in fiscal 2009 to improve its nursing care after the home was discovered keeping its elderly residents in restraints. The municipal government had demanded the home make similar improvement in the previous fiscal year due to negligent care.


SOURCE:      MDN.MAINICHI.JP

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November 23, 2010

Westland Woman Looted $350K from Mom's Retirement (USA)


Westland woman looted $350K from mom's retirement
By ERIC D. LAWRENCE

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Nov. 22, 2010

A Westland woman is accused of stealing more than $350,000 from her own mother.

Carol Brazeika raided her 76-year-old mother’s retirement, pension and Social Security funds for five years, beginning in 2004, police said.

Brazeika was arraigned today before Judge Mark McConnell in 18th District Court in Westland on 14 felony charges, including embezzlement over $100,000 or more, identity theft and larceny by false pretenses. Bail was set at $350,000.
Her preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 2. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Elder Abuse Unit is handling the case.


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SOURCE:    Freep.com


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Pair Sentenced for Elder Abuse (USA)


The Monterey County Herald

Herald Staff Report
11/22/2010

Two 22-year-old Peninsula residents were sentenced to jail and probation for stealing an elderly woman's identification and using it to open credit accounts with which they purchased video games and other entertainment items.

According to prosecutor Jeannine Pacioni, the victim was an 85-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer. Amanda Spears of Pacific Grove used the woman's identification to get credit cards and access her financial accounts. She also forged and cashed checks from the Robert H. Down Parent Association.



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SOURCE:     The Monterey Herald


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DHS: Be Aware of Signs of Elder Abuse During Holidays

STATESMAN JOURNAL
NOVEMBER 22, 2010

State officials are concerned that elder abuse may be a growing problem in Oregon as it is nationally. National studies estimate that 3 to 5 million seniors age 65 and older nationwide have experienced abuse, but only one in five abuse cases is reported.
With the holidays upon us and families visiting with one another, the Oregon Department of Human Services would like to remind people of the signs of elder abuse.
“No type of abuse should be tolerated, but elder abuse is an under-reported crime because people do not know how to recognize the signs, and they don’t know how to report it when they do see it,” said James D. Toews, the DHS assistant director for seniors and people with disabilities. “We have to raise awareness of elder abuse and ways to report it before we can hope to prevent it.”

Approximately 13 percent of Oregon’s population is now 65 years or older, with nearly 76,000 Oregonians having reached age 85.
DHS reviewed 20,000 calls regarding allegations of abuse of elderly or physically disabled Oregonians in 2009. Of those calls, 12,447 warranted DHS investigation in either the community or in facilities.
A new brochure from the DHS Seniors and People with Disabilities Division outlines adult abuse reporting. It can be found and downloaded at: 



http://dhsforms.hr.state.or.us/Forms/Served/DE9373.pdf .




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SOURCE:      The Statesman Journal


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Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect (USA)

11/19/2010

A New York nursing home finds itself in the midst of nursing home abuse allegations after being accused of holding a frail Brooklyn judge prisoner by blocking his mail and visitors. The allegations are the latest twist in a case launched this year by the family of Judge John Phillips against Prospect Park Residence, the nursing home in which Phillips resided for eight months until he died at age 83 in 2008.
The family’s lawyer, John O’Hara, a long time friend of Judge Phillips, said of the tragedy:

The whole thing was surreal. It looked like a nice place, but it was a death house.



SOURCE:   The Mininno Law Office


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November 22, 2010

Elder Abuse Levels Shocking and Deeply Worrying, Says AM (WALES, UK)

Nov 20th, 2010
 By admin

Shadow Minister for Equality Mohammad Asghar has highlighted his deep concern at the levels of elder abuse in Wales.
Speaking in the Senedd on this week, he said: “It is deeply worrying that Wales has the highest prevalence of elder abuse in the United Kingdom.
“Figures from the UK study of abuse and neglect suggest that 6 per cent of elderly people have suffered.
“It is horrific to hear from Age Cymru that elder abuse is often perpetrated by people who are trusted by or have a relationship with the victim.”
He highlighted shocking figures which suggest “39,000 elderly people in Wales are being abused or neglected in their own homes” and asked the First Minister how the Welsh Assembly Government can “raise awareness of elder abuse” and raise awareness of “how to identity it”.



SOURCE:   The Welsh Icons


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Protection of Elders From Abuse Pressed (PHILLIPINES)




Protection of elders from abuses pressed
Charissa M. Luci)
November 21, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Lawmakers have filed a bill calling for the protection of elderly from many forms of abuses, including physical and physical assault, neglect and financial exploitation.
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. pressed on the need for the formulation of policies that would help prevent, and address elder abuse.
They filed House Bill 1071 that compels the Secretary of Social Welfare and Development, in cooperation and coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to establish domestic violence programs for older or disabled persons. The measure also mandates that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) must provide grants to NGOs to support projects in local communities for the intervention and prevention of elder abuse.
“Elder abuse, which exists not only in developed countries like the United States but in developing countries like the Philippines as well, takes many forms such as physical, psychological/emotional, sexual assault, neglect and financial exploitation,” Rodriguezes said in a statement. 





SOURCE:    The Manila Bulletin


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Woman Found in Freezer was Hospitalized but Back Safe at Nursing Home


Woman Found in Freezer was Hospitalized but Back Safe at Nursing Home – Mollye Fischer’s Freezing Ordeal
November 20, 2010

A woman was found in a freezer and hospitalized. Thankfully, she's back on her feet and safe at the nursing home she's been living in. Interestingly, the same home had a caregiver convicted of torture and elder abuse earlier this year. Eerily, a missing chef was also found in freezer not too long ago. However, that was in a different country.




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Senate Debate - Elder Abuse (AUSTRALIA)

Senate debates

17 November 2010

Elder Abuse
By Helen Polley (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party)

I am sure that senators know the scope of the problem that we confront with child abuse. In 2008-09 the Australian Institute of Family Studies indicated that there were 339,454 suspected cases of child abuse and neglect—let alone the numerous unreported occasions. I have twice previously risen to speak in this place about abuse at the other end of the age spectrum: elder abuse. As the Australian government’s seniors website states, ‘Elder abuse and neglect receives less attention than child abuse.’ On this occasion, I will again describe the forms this abuse may take, who the abusers seem to be, and the frequency with which this occurs. I will also raise the very real concern that this abuse can lead to active and even involuntary euthanasia.
What do we mean by elder abuse? The Toronto Declaration on the Prevention of Elder Abuse states:
… a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person. Elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
The Health Service Executive of the Republic of Ireland provides more detail, and I will quote from their report, Open your eyes, as there has been an attempt at systematic collection of data for the last few years. Objective data is difficult to collect, as there is serious underreporting of abuse—either by the individual or by the organisation providing their care. The report defines elder abuse as:
·         Physical abuse, including slapping, pushing, hitting, kicking, misuse of medication, inappropriate restraint (including physical and chemical restraint) or sanctions.
·         Sexual abuse, including rape and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the older adult has not consented, or could not consent, or into which he or she was compelled to consent.
·         Psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
·         Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud or exploitation; pressure in connection with wills, property or inheritance, or financial transactions; or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
·         Neglect and acts of omission, including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.
·         Discriminatory abuse, including ageism, racism, sexism, that based on a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment.
·         How often does this occur? That is difficult to assess due to underreporting. Some examples from the report Elder abuse: how well does the law in Queensland cope? will provide some insight:
·         Feelings of shame when abuse has occurred. For example, this may occur when a son or daughter has been physically violent to an older parent to coerce money from them.
·         Fear of inciting further violence, or of being punished or abandoned.
·         The consequences of reporting may be undesirable. If the violence of an adult child to an older parent occurs in the context of the parent residing with the adult child, then the parent may be concerned that reporting will lead to placement in residential aged care. The parent may have complicated feelings about implicating the perpetrator particularly if the person is their spouse, adult child or carer.
Older persons may also not report abuse due to impaired capacity. They may not be able to recognise the behaviour as abuse or, even when they do, they may not be able to articulate or even understand how to report the abuse.



What will happen if we have voluntary euthanasia legislation in this country? What pressures will be put on that family and that individual? These are the sorts of issues that you cannot legislate on. I see euthanasia and elder abuse as being intertwined and I would encourage and urge those in this place and those in the community to think long and hard about the emphasis that we place on our elderly. We should think about the lack of respect that we are showing older Australians by allowing elder abuse to continue in our community. We need to educate the community.

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SOURCE:      Open Australia









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Business-Man-Charged-in-Manhattan-with-Elder-Abuse-of-98-Year-Old (USA)

November 20, 2010

November 20, 2010
(by Ehline Law Firm 213.596.9642)
According to reports a Manhattan business man has been charged with elder abuse of a 98 year old man. 
According to the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Harry Abrams age 76 has been charged with grand larceny, forgery and other charges after allegedly stealing over $333,000 from a 98 year old semi-retired attorney. 
The statement by Vance released on Friday and on the Manhattan District Attorney’s website the financial abuse began after the elderly victim broke his hip in July of 2009.
According to statements by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Loewy, Abrams ran several businesses from his Midtown office and allowed the 98 year old to use the office space for private clients he was handling legal matters for.



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SOURCE:      The Ehline Law Firm








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November 20, 2010

Two People Charged in Elder Abuse Case of 71-Year-Old Woman (Michigan, USA)


Two people charged in elder abuse case of 71-year-old woman
November 18, 2010

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan 

Weighing just 64 pounds with only part of a fruit peel in her stomach, 71-year-old Joann Christopher died in March on the couch of an unlicensed adult foster care home in Mt. Morris Township.
Now, the two women responsible for caring for Christopher are charged with felony murder and vulnerable adult abuse. Mary Chapman, 70, of Holly Township, and her granddaughter Vamerolyn Chapman, 34, of Mt. Morris Township, are facing charges in the death of Joann Christopher, 71. 



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SOURCE:      Mlive.com






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Nationwide Effort To Protect Elderly From Financial Abuse (USA)


Nov 17, 2010

With new medical research showing that more than a third of Americans over the age of 71 having mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease that make them particularly susceptible to investment swindles and other financial abuse, 24 securities regulators (Connecticut not being one of them) have joined in a major national “Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program”.
The unprecedented effort will educate thousands of U.S. medical professionals about how to spot older Americans who may be particularly vulnerable to investment fraud abuse and then to refer these at-risk patients to state securities regulators and adult services professionals.
Senior citizens have long been the target of unscrupulous investment scam artists. According to the 2010 Investor Protection Trust (IPT) Elder Fraud Survey, more than seven million older Americans – one out of every five citizens over the age of 65 – already have been victimized by a financial swindle. For more information about the IPT survey, go to http://www.investorprotection.org/learn/research/?fa=eiffe Survey on the Web.
The 24 participating states and other jurisdictions are: Alabama; California; Colorado; Delaware; District of Columbia; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Michigan; Nebraska; North Carolina; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Tennessee; Utah; Vermont; and Washington.
Based on a successful pilot program in the state of Texas, the “Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program” is a collaboration between the Investor Protection Trust, the Investor Protection Institute (IPI), the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) in cooperation with leading U.S. medical associations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, National Area Health Education Center Organization, and the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers. This program was created by the Baylor College of Medicine with grant funding from the Investor Protection Trust.
Irving Faught, administrator, Oklahoma Securities Commission, and chairman, Investor Protection Institute, said: “There is a medical component to elderly investment fraud that has been overlooked and cannot be addressed solely by state securities regulators. As state agencies, we need to combine our efforts with the unique front-line perspective of doctors and other professionals to get help to victims, and those most at risk of becoming victims, at the earliest possible point. By partnering with medical practitioners, together we can help protect our seniors and their money.”

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SOURCE:      CTWATCH DOG.COM


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