Category: NCEA Blog

  • Putting Elder Abuse on the Public Agenda

    Advocates working on elder abuse face a communications problem. The public discourse around violence and abuse has changed dramatically in recent decades, especially with respect to women and children. Older people and abuse, however, are largely left out of these conversations.

  • Financial Fraud in Later Life: A Growing Epidemic

    Older adults hold about a third of the nation’s wealth, yet lose billions every year to scams and fraud. Many older adults have painstakingly acquired financial savings over a lifetime of hard work, and in later life the opportunities and resources are limited to recuperate financial losses. Because of this, scams and fraud can have a particularly devastating impact in later life.

  • A Unique Model to Addressing Guardianship

    Our second guardianship story is based on an interview with Jean Callahan, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, and previously served as the Director of The Guardianship Project at the Vera Institute of Justice.

  • Living into Guardianship

    The National Center on Elder Abuse asked various types of guardians to share their experience of being a guardian and offer advice for other guardians. We are delighted to share the first of two stories.

  • Abuse by Guardians? Reflections on the New GAO Report

    The Report acknowledges the spectrum of kinds of abuse, but states that “financial exploitation is among the more common types.” The Report focuses on elders because it was requested by the Senate Committee on Aging — yet we know that a substantial but undocumented proportion of guardianship cases involve younger adults with disabilities.

  • The Launch of the Multi-disciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center

    On October 25, 2016, the Elder Justice Initiative launched the elder abuse case review multidisciplinary team technical assistance center (MDT TAC). The mission of the MDT TAC is to provide tools, resource materials, and individualized consultations to facilitate the expansion of elder abuse case review multidisciplinary teams across the nation.

  • Don’t let holiday giving give you the holiday blues!

    As the holidays approach, you may be thinking about making gifts to help people in need or to support other causes you believe in. If you’re considering a request for a donation to a charity over the holidays, consider doing some research before you give. By finding out as much as you can about the charity, you can avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity. Here are tips to help make sure your charitable contributions don’t go to a scammer.

  • Protecting Those Who Have Protected Us-Fighting Veterans Claim Fraud and Abuse

    “Is it necessary or worth it to use an attorney or some other professional group to assist in claiming VA benefits.” The true answer is yes, this can be beneficial as long as the veteran understands how to proceed. However, there are many groups out there who are just trying to scam a veteran out of their money.

  • “Medicare Fraud Is a Crime Against Seniors and the Disabled”

    Medicare only covers durable medical equipment (DME) that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Scammers, however, hope you don’t know that. They just want your Medicare number to bill Medicare for equipment you never receive, or to bill Medicare for much more expensive equipment than you receive.

  • 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.



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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.