An Elder Justice Coordinator Thinks About Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline When Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs received a Phase II Model Approaches Grant, the position of “Elder Justice Coordinator”(EJC) was created with the goal of determining the role Legal Services programs should play in preventing and addressing elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
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OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

From the National Center on Elder Abuse: The Department of Justice, through its Office for Victims of Crime and the Elder Justice Initiative, intends to release a $3.25 million solicitation in 2017 entitled OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation. A brief description of the

Vulnerable Seniors are Most Vulnerable During and After a Disaster

By Christopher Jackson, Communications Coordinator, Elder Law of Michigan, and Project Administrator, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy This year, the Federal Government has issued 44 Major Disaster Declarations for natural disasters occurring across the country. Even with substantial warning and preparation for many of these disasters by state and local

3 Low-Cost Ways to Do Outreach and Education on Elder Abuse

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy Many of our senior legal hotline programs are starting new model approaches grants, all of them with some focus on addressing the problem of elder abuse.  I thought it would be a good time to

Hotline Abuse Calls – Lessons Learned

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc. and CERA Project Specialist For the past five years, Pro Seniors’ Ohio Senior Legal Hotline has received dedicated funding to help senior victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.  Legal problems involving abuse have always been high priority cases for our in-house

Red Flags for Advocates – Identifying Abuse and Exploitation on a Senior Legal Hotline

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline In many ways the job of a hotline attorney is analogous to that of a medical doctor:  A senior calls with a troubling symptom – say a Medicaid denial or an unmanageable debt – without knowing that the cause of the symptom

New tool will help standardize elder abuse data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a tool that aims to help standardize the way that elder abuse data is collected and managed, in the hopes that we can gain a more accurate picture of the problem and impact of elder abuse at the local, state, and

Webinar: Let’s Get Grandpa’s House Back!

On January 21st, the National Consumer Law Center hosted a webinar about legal remedies to financial exploitation of property entitled Let’s Get Grandpa’s House Back! Presenters included: David Godfrey, Senior Attorney at the ABA Commission on Law & Aging; Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney at the ABA Commission on Law & Aging; and, Denis

Update: Capturing Elder Abuse Data

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc and CERA Project Specialist In the December 2014 Legal Hotline Connection, I highlighted efforts to capture and report elder abuse cases. Since the article appeared, capturing and reporting data related to abuse and exploitation of seniors have become increasing important for senior

Webinar: Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc., and CERA Project Specialist Financial exploitation problems are some of the most vexing issues facing senior legal hotlines. Worse, how to help a senior who has been victimized twice?  First, the senior was financially exploited. Now, the senior is in

FCC Proposed Ruling Protects Older Adults and other Consumers from Unwanted Telemarketing, Robocalls and Texts to Cell Phones

Via the National Consumer Law Center: Unwanted calls and texts are the number one consumer complaint to the FCC. Home-bound elders are particularly vulnerable to aggressive telemarking scams and incessant robocalls. Despite intense pressure from industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to take action to maintain and advance consumer

Identifying Exploitation Issues on a Senior Hotline Call

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc and CERA Project Specialist As explained by Tom Bedall in a prior article in the Legal Hotline Connection (see Capturing Senior Legal Hotline Elder Abuse Data, December, 2013, December 2013 Legal Hotline Connection), at Pro Seniors (the statewide senior legal hotline

Capturing Senior Legal Hotline Elder Abuse Data

by Tom Bedall Domestic and financial abuse data had been captured by Pro Seniors’ Senior Legal Hotline ever since its inception in 1990.  However, the expanded scope of elder abuse data collection requested for 2010 by the Senior Legal Helplines/Hotlines’ Report to the AoA required us to take a much