Category: NCEA Blog

  • Opioids and Elder Abuse: A Disquieting Connection

    Older adults are an important but frequently forgotten generation that is affected by the opioid crisis in America.  As a group, older adults often have multiple chronic conditions and endure high rates of chronic pain. Opioids and related prescription and non-prescription drugs are frequently the treatment of choice for these individuals. Further, the opioid crisis has harmed older adults through the addiction of their children, grandchildren, and others who rely on them for money, child care, food, shelter, and the like. Directly or inadvertently, older adults may be stripped of their resources and quality of life because of the struggles of those around them—and may be highly susceptible to elder

  • Dear Readers: Online Romance Scams

    Dear Readers, During the month of February, our thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day and feeling connected.  The internet is a great way to explore, but we caution you to use your mind and protect your heart. Have you ever received questionable alerts or notifications in your email or social media accounts that have caused you to raise an eyebrow? Follow your instincts.  Did you know that when you are online, looking to socialize, network or date, that scammers may be scoping you out through matchmaking, social networking and professional sites? For those of us who are open and looking for love, realize that relationship building takes time.   Understand that there

  • Online Romance Scams Q&A with a Deputy District Attorney

    Q: Can you tell us about an online romance scam case you have handled? What was the outcome? A: Most cases I have worked with in the investigations stage do not make it to a criminal filing because usually the imposter online scammer is someone from overseas, such as Costa Rica, Nigeria or Jamaica. And the scammer must be identified. Local authorities are not the proper agency to investigate. It is extremely difficult to truly identify the international scammer, and even if so, next to impossible to effectuate an out-of-country arrest. In my experience, the high threshold dollar amount to get the federal authorities interested is usually the death knell

  • Shelter and the Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse: A Growing Global Movement

    They came from communities throughout the country. Some were social workers, some lawyers, some nursing home administrators, as well as a variety of other professional backgrounds. Some had years of experience working with older adults, while others brought different types of expertise to a new field. They had come together to attend the fifth annual Symposium of the SPRiNG Alliance, the national network for the rapidly expanding elder abuse shelter movement, held in May 2018 at the Family Justice Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, which opened its doors as the first elder abuse shelter

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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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.