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The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse (Toil, abuse and endurance in the heartland)

Thursday March 13th 2014
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WATERLOO, Iowa — A man stands at a bus stop. He wears bluejeans, cowboy boots, and a name tag pinned like a badge to his red shirt. It says: Clayton Berg, dishwasher, county sheriff’s office. He is 58, with a laborer’s solid build, a preference to be called Gene and a whisper-white scar on...
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Scammers take aim at aging population

Monday January 6th 2014
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Roughly 21,000 times last year, physicians, social workers, family members, and other concerned residents contacted Massachusetts Protective Services authorities to report suspicions that an elderly person was being abused. In about one third of those cases, the concern involved financial exploitation, according to state officials, a problem that is expected to grow significantly as...
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Elder abuse: Out of the shadows and into the courtroom

Thursday January 2nd 2014
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(CALIFORNIA) An estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims every year of elder abuse. In fact, experts believe that only one in six cases of elder abuse is reported. “Elder abuse” can be defined as the intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that cause harm to a vulnerable elder. It...
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Elderly Maine couple’s plight moves others to give

Wednesday November 20th 2013
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Some Maine Sunday Telegram readers remember Pauline Long as the lunch lady from school. Others know her husband, Cedric, as the older man who takes walks in his Camden neighborhood and greets all the dogs with treats. Many people didn’t know them at all, but felt moved by the Longs’ story to help the...
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Senior victim to valued friend

Wednesday November 20th 2013
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Eliot Karasick is a retired Wall Street executive who moved to The Landings in 2000 with a big heart for those less blessed. When he hired Amy Lynn Lee as a housekeeper, he thought he had found a valued friend, someone he treated like a family member.  By the time Karasick caught on, Lee...
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To Combat Elder Abuse, Doormen Are Enlisted to Keep a Watchful Eye

Friday October 25th 2013
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Michael Marlow, a doorman at the Gracie Mews apartment building on the Upper East Side, does a lot more than just open doors for residents. He unscrews their jar lids, runs to the store for apple juice, listens to their complaints about spouses and children, and even reaches into his own pocket to lend...
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Choosing Home for Someone Else: Guardian Decisions on Long-Term Services and Supports

Friday October 18th 2013
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On October 16, the AARP Public Policy Institute released a report presenting findings from an in-depth study of how professional guardians make decisions about where incapacitated adults live. The report, entitled Choosing Home for Someone Else: Guardian Decisions on Long-Term Services and Supports (Karp, N. & Wood, E.), includes original research on where people...
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Elderly Victims of Fraud Scam Get Money Back

Friday September 27th 2013
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After falling prey to a scam, San Diego resident Jessie Penner never thought she would get her money back. But now, the 91-year-old former school teacher is cashing a check for $23,827.73. “It’s just wonderful because I didn’t expect to get anything back,” said Penner. Penner and her husband gave scammer Michael Woodward more...
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Two plead guilty to stealing $2 million from elderly woman’s estate

Wednesday September 25th 2013
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A disbarred California attorney and a registered nurse pleaded guilty to federal charges that they befriended an aging woman to swindle more than $2 million from her estate, authorities said Monday. Philip Eric Myers, 61, of Santa Barbara and Brian Ben-Israel, 53, face maximum sentences of up to 20 years in prison and a...
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Banks can help spot elder financial exploitation and abuse

Tuesday September 24th 2013
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An older Oklahoma resident began receiving sweepstakes offers in the mail after her 90-year-old husband moved into a nursing home. Just send $50, $100, $2000, even $5000 to claim your prize, they promised. When she asked a bank employee to help her send a large amount of cash in the mail, the bank investigated....
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