World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Protecting Our Elders

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Protecting Our Elders

Every June 15th, we recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day shines a light on the mistreatment of older adults, a sadly widespread issue. WEAAD is a call to action for all of us – individuals, organizations, and communities – to work together to...
Reduce Isolation to Reduce Risk of Exploitation

Reduce Isolation to Reduce Risk of Exploitation

Isolation is one of the contributing factors that contributes to the exploitation of elders.  Isolation breeds loneliness.  The pandemic is contributing to the isolation of our elders and thus loneliness. When elders are lonely, phone and internet scammers may find it...
5 Coronavirus Scams to Avoid

5 Coronavirus Scams to Avoid

During times of crisis, scammers and con artists use fear to trick you out of your money or sensitive personal information; and Coronavirus is no exception. People age 60 are at increased risk for COVID-19 and seniors also at increased risk of being targeted by these...

Abuse of Elders With Dementia More Likely

Abuse of elders does is not something most people think about unless it’s a huge news story.  It’s hard to imagine how anyone could willfully harm an elder, but the problem is so widespread that it’s a near-epidemic.  Who is most at risk?  Elders with dementia. More...
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?...