Category: NCEA Blog

  • NAMRS: What It Is and Why You Should Care

    Data collection among Adult Protective Services (APS) programs across the U.S. is extremely important. Without knowledge of how vast the problem is, it is nearly impossible to determine adequate funding for victim services, prevention, and administration. A single year’s snapshot of the number of victims reported to APS provides a picture of that period in time, but without data on the years before and after it’s impossible to measure trends. Studies regarding APS data on clients and programs and the need for collection of national data have been completed over the years. In 2000 and 2004, surveys of APS programs were conducted by National Center on Elder Abuse partners. These

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  • The Changing Landscape of Elder Abuse Prosecutions: A 22-Year Journey

    Recently retired prosecutor at San Diego DA’s office and now a consultant and trainer on criminal elder abuse issues.

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  • Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence: Making the Connection

    During October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, victim advocates, adult protective service caseworkers, animal control officers, and other first responders have a unique opportunity to raise awareness and develop multidisciplinary teams to prevent and respond to all forms of violence.

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  • Celebrating Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    As the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is set to expire, many across our movement have worked tirelessly toward the Reauthorization of VAWA which create critical enhancements to the law and improve how we can respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking across the nation.

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  • Turning Voices into Action Against Elder Abuse: The Power of Sharing Your Story

    We hear the statistics, but hearing an account from an actual survivor of elder abuse gives one an entirely different understanding of the crisis that is plaguing our society. We tend to forget that each person who has experienced elder abuse is not just a number or part of a statistic, but someone’s grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, neighbor, or dear friend; a person with a unique voice who has experienced a horrific violation of their dignity.

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  • Missouri’s APS Response to the Opioid Crisis

    We have all seen the headlines about the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. The issue is a national priority. With a focus on the topic and how to combat the problem, sometimes it is easy to forget that the problem has a face and a real impact on our communities. Missouri’s Division of Senior and Disability Services prioritized the issue in 2018 by initiating efforts to identify the scope of the problem, how it is affecting the lives of those we serve, and strategies to assist individuals and communities with healing.

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  • You’ve Worked Hard for the Money — Now protect it!

    Most of us work hard to save and plan for our retirement. But there are people who work just as hard to take it away from us. Who are they? Phone scammers. We must educate ourselves about the ways of scammers to protect ourselves and those we love.

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  • #CountMeToo: Elder Sexual Assault

    Over the past year, the ascendance of the #MeToo movement has given voice to women violated by sexual assault, permeating our collective conscious and imbuing April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with renewed consequence. Despite the inclusiveness of this righteous campaign, sexually abused older women in nursing homes have been overlooked in the national discourse. These elder victims who are silenced by illness, vulnerability and confinement must be counted, and their stories heard.

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  • The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study: Toward Preventing Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

    Why is financial exploitation so common in the elderly population? Why do some older adults fare better than others when making financial decisions? What factors protect or place one at greater risk of being financially exploited? These are just some of the questions that a multidisciplinary team of investigators hope to answer through the Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) being carried out through USC’s Department of Family Medicine.

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  • Older Americans are the Key to Elder Justice

    The 1960s were a tumultuous time, filled with activism and passion. Human rights, the expression of equality and acceptance were common themes. People marched, conducted “sit ins” and collaborated to have their voices heard and to turn the public’s attention to equality and justice. Sound familiar?

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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.