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  • The Next Generation of Elder Justice Advocates 

    Preventing elder abuse and building strong supports for older adults of today and tomorrow necessitates an intergenerational approach. Through a partnership with the USC Lenord Davis School of Gerontology, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) hosts student interns who recognize the power of intergenerational solidarity, understanding, and support needed to create a society free from elder abuse. At the NCEA, we have been fortunate to have a fantastic set of interns who have helped us further our mission of improving the national response to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Hear from our interns as they reflect on their internship experiences and how they will carry them to their future

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  • The National Center on Elder Abuse: In the Beginning…

    If you go to the website for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the welcoming statement covers its purpose and origins in two sentences. Of course, both are more nuanced than that, although there is much offered online to attest to purpose and hardly anything on origins. This blog attempts to fill that void. It is the story of the NCEA before it was in existence, when the idea for having such an entity arose, as told by some of us directly involved. Georgia: The article that headlined Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer on November 24, 1978 was titled “Love gone awry: Some elderly persons suffer abuse at the hand

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  • Merging Our Elder Justice Lenses with Heart Shaped Lenses

    The month of February sends a heart shaped wave over many of our communities, highlighting one of America’s favorite Hallmark holidays- Valentine’s Day. Stores are filled with heart shaped candy boxes, floral shops are covered in ads for us to buy a bouquet for our special someone, and our favorite restaurants are featuring couples prefixed meals. Whether we are celebrating with a partner, best friends, some self-care, or abstaining from celebrating all together, the holiday still seems to take over the month of February. From the perspective of elder justice, this overwhelming wave of heart shaped goods sheds a light on concerns regarding ageism, isolation, and scam threats. We can

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  • The Untold Stories of Elder Mistreatment

    Three years ago, as 86-year-old Evelyn was cooking dinner for herself and her 60-year-old son, Manny, who lived in the apartment next door, the pair began to argue about a subject neither can now recall. Though the origins of the disagreement are unclear, the events that followed have been unforgettable. The quarrel quickly devolved into a physical altercation, with Manny dragging his mother to her bedroom, ramming her head into her mattress, and threatening to kill her. While Evelyn gasped for air, Manny placed a pillow on his mother’s head, forcing her face back into the bed, before releasing his hold on the breathless woman and returning to his apartment.

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  • Eldercaring Coordination: Abuse Intervention in Guardianship

    Though burgeoning research in the area of elder mistreatment has advanced our understanding of the field, the literature has also exposed significant gaps in our knowledge base. A subject of continuing concern is interventions, specifically, the paucity of available remedies, the inadequacy of person-centered resolutions, and the lack of an evidence base to assess the effectiveness of existing abuse prevention strategies.[i] One evidence-informed practice with the potential to mitigate mistreatment has gained national prominence and increasing traction. In the topical and much-discussed arena of guardianship, a setting rife with the possibility of abuse, Eldercaring coordination has emerged as a meaningful intervention. In probate guardianships, petitioners typically allege that susceptible older

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  • Medicare Fraud, Errors, and Abuse Can Cost in Dollars and Health

    Medicare fraud can be a big business for criminals. Medicare loses approximately $60 billion annually due to fraud, errors, and abuse, though the exact figure is impossible to measure. Medicare is complicated. What may seem like an error to the beneficiary may simply be the result of a misunderstanding about benefits. It may also be abuse, which involves billing for services that are not covered or are not correctly coded. Medicare fraud assumes criminal intent. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines fraud as “the intentional deception or misrepresentation that the individual knows to be false or does not believe to be true” and that is made “knowing

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  • Virtually, People of All Ages Can Prevent Elder Abuse

    Elder abuse is a serious public health and human rights issue that impacts us all on some level. This also means that there’s something – big or small – each of us can do to prevent elder abuse in our communities. While the COVID-19 pandemic exposed just how widespread ageism is in our society, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) leaned into the interdependence of all age groups to promote elder justice. Through various ways, the NCEA team strengthened connections with youth advocates to facilitate the flow of support between generations. We’ve Zoomed into classrooms across the country to share what elder abuse is, how it impacts people of

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  • Help with financial needs as we age

    As we grow older, we face many financial decisions. Where will I live? Who will help me manage my money if I am no longer able to do it myself? How can I protect my money from scammers? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is here to help older adults answer those questions and make financial decisions with confidence. Our Office for Older Americans creates resources to help older adults make sound financial decisions as they age, and educate people about scams and financial exploitation. The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the challenges of caregiving and the importance of preparing for the unexpected. We offer resources to help you

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  • Beyond COVID-19: Changes in Long-term Care

    To date, almost 660,000 nursing home residents in the U.S. have contracted COVID-19[i] and more than 133,000 have died of the virus and/or related complications.[ii] The number of casualties remains unprecedented and astounding. Yet, the full impact of the disease on surviving residents is still unknown. For much of the past year, beyond the bare numbers reported by long-term care facilities to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), little was revealed about the lived experiences of facility residents. Contagion containment restrictions imposed by CMS and implemented by facilities prevented most outside visitation and oversight. Even long-term care ombudsmen, who advocate on behalf of residents and ordinarily have unfettered

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  • LGBT Community Stands Strong Against Isolation during COVID-19

    As the nation began to take shelter at home during the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, SAGE (the national advocacy and services organization for LGBT older adults) knew that older LGBT people would be at increased risk of isolation. Up until this time, there was a heavy reliance on in-person programming through SAGE Centers, Affiliate, and LGBT community centers across the country to reach older LGBT people. Remaining in contact with an already isolated older adult community became a number one priority for SAGE. The response from SAGE was swift. Within a week of the SAGE headquarters closing the office and centers in New York City, a team of

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.