What is the Elder Abuse Prevention & Prosecution Act

What is the Elder Abuse Prevention & Prosecution Act

On October 18, 2017, Congress passed the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA).  The goal of the EAPPA is to address financial abuse and exploitation of elders on a national scale.  It is estimated that financial exploitation costs seniors in the U.S....
Lack of Emergency Preparedness Is Elder Abuse

Lack of Emergency Preparedness Is Elder Abuse

After the story that ten (10) frail, elderly residents died in a nursing home in Hollywood Hills, Florida following Hurricane Irma made national news, professionals who work with elders and family members or friends with a loved one in a facility were forced to...
States Must Make It Easier to Report Elder Abuse

States Must Make It Easier to Report Elder Abuse

One in seven Americans is over age 65 and increasing rapidly.  By 2030, 20% of the population will be over age 65.  As our population ages, the incidents of elder abuse also referred to as elder maltreatment (abuse, neglect & exploitation) increase as well.  Elder...
Arbitration Clauses Allow Facility to Hide Elder Abuse

Arbitration Clauses Allow Facility to Hide Elder Abuse

Arbitration clauses are common in nursing home and assisted living facility admission agreements.  While these clauses are touted by many as benefiting the parties by reducing the costs of litigation, shortening the time for resolving a dispute, and for allowing...
Beware of the Utility Scam – It’s Not Your Utility Company

Beware of the Utility Scam – It’s Not Your Utility Company

It’s summertime and the heat can be unbearable. You find comfort in coming home to a nice cool home. Who would have ever thought that scammers are now using your utility bill to get into your wallet with a “utility scam”. The heat is on! Hiya, a phone scam...
What Is The Jury Duty Scam?

What Is The Jury Duty Scam?

Amid a hectic week, you receive a phone call reporting that you have failed to show up for jury duty and now you must face a judge and possibly jail time. Like most people who receive this call, you’re most likely to panic. But is the call real or just a scam?...
What is the Annual Exploitation Conference?

What is the Annual Exploitation Conference?

The 2017 Annual Exploitation Conference will be held October 11-13, 2017 in Destin Beach, Florida at The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa. This legal continuing education conference is devoted to covering the difficult topics of national importance for attorneys as...
Why Do Older People Fall for Scams?

Why Do Older People Fall for Scams?

When most of us think of our elders, we don’t think about scams.  Most of us have fond, warm memories of our elders. We think of our older family members and the seniors around us with compassion. If you think of your grandparents, you most likely associated as...
State of the Nation: Increasing Need For Care Endangers American Elders

State of the Nation: Increasing Need For Care Endangers American Elders

The number of elders in the United States is growing every year.  Ten thousand people turn 65 each day.  One in seven Americans or 14.5% of the population in 2014 was 65 years of age or older.  This is a 28% increase since 2004.  Over one-third (36%) of Americans over...
Effective Reporting of Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Effective Reporting of Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Elder abuse is a grossly under reported crime.  It is estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is reported.  While many citizens and professionals are required to report abuse, many fail to do so, in part, because they do not fully understand their reporting...