fbpx

Category: NCEA Blog

  • Along the Road to Elder Justice

    As the NCEA begins its third fiscal year at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, we need to pay homage to the innovators of the Elder Justice Roadmap. This publication definitely laid out the issues, questions, and potential solutions relating to Elder Abuse in 2014. I am struck by how far we have come and how much further we have to go. All of us should continue to utilize this tool as we continue our journey.

    READ MORE
  • What is a Guardian Supposed to Do, Anyway?

    We’ve all heard of good, bad and mediocre guardians. We’ve seen the press stories raging about exploitive guardians. There are no statistics, yet we know that guardian practice ranges from the heroic to the sufficient to the deficient to the abusive – it’s the proportions that are not clear. But encountering a guardian up close and personal – or being one, or having one – makes you want to reach for a yardstick to see how well the guardian measures up. Or at least to have a framework for thinking about it.

    READ MORE
  • Asking the Hard Questions About Elder Abuse and Finding the Answers

    The fact is that there are direct and indirect victims: it is clear that each case of abuse and neglect affects many more than one person. The loved ones of elder victims are traumatized as well, often wondering what they could have done differently and how they can help their loved one cope with their situation.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE
  • 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.

    READ MORE

Categories

Recent Posts

Archives

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.