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  • The Solution to Elder Abuse

    Ever looked for your glasses only to find them perched up on your head? After years and years of seeking for solutions to elder abuse in all the wrong places it has finally presented itself.

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  • Undue Influence: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution

    In 2014 California legislation became effective to define undue influence (Probate Code §86, Welfare and Institutions Code §15410.70) for civil proceedings as, Undue influence means excessive persuasion that causes another person to act or refrain from acting by overcoming that person’s free will and results in inequity. In determining whether a result was produced by undue influence, all of the following shall be considered: 1) vulnerability of the victim, 2) influencer’s apparent authority, 3) actions or tactics used by the influencer, and 4) equity of the result.

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  • Looking for Love…

    A person who could be isolated, alone and vulnerable like an older adult may be even more susceptible when it comes to making decisions involving matters of the heart. So in this month when the focus is on Valentine’s Day, our hearts, relationships, and the feeling of being in love- let us take a moment to explore how to protect ourselves and loved ones from something known as the Sweetheart Scam.

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  • APS 101: What to Expect When Working with Adult Protective Services

    When someone speaks of “adult protective services” or “APS” they are typically referring to a state or county government agency that investigates reports abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors and adults with a disability and provides protection to the victims.

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  • Our Holiday Gift for You-New Materials for the New Year

    Dementia and elder abuse: As a civilized society, these are terms that should not ever occur in the same sentence, yet they do and with great regularity. As I travel home from visiting a relative that I haven’t seen for the past year, I am struck with the profound sadness and odd pleasure that perhaps I can help to make the journey that lays ahead a bit less chaotic, a bit more predictable, but mostly, more dignified by personal agency to the extent possible.

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  • Beware of Scams Targeting Older People During the Holidays

    The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans is working to provide older consumers and their families with the tools and information they need to protect themselves from frauds and scams.

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  • Addressing Cognitive Capacity and Elder Abuse

    Dementia and elder abuse: As a civilized society, these are terms that should not ever occur in the same sentence, yet they do and with great regularity. As I travel home from visiting a relative that I haven’t seen for the past year, I am struck with the profound sadness and odd pleasure that perhaps I can help to make the journey that lays ahead a bit less chaotic, a bit more predictable, but mostly, more dignified by personal agency to the extent possible.

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  • Services for Older Victims of Abuse

    As the nation turns its attention to matters surrounding domestic violence in the month of October, we thought we would like to explore this issue further. Laura Mosqueda,M.D. Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse, and Bonnie Brandl, MSW, Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, examine the issue.

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  • My Husband the Scam Victim

    In this blog we share with you the schemes and scams frauds and cons use to steal money and information from the elderly. We will cover the latest tricks used to coerce elders into believing it is necessary for them to give out personal information.

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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.