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Providers of elder abuse shelters to meet in Ohio

Wednesday June 11th 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Pioneers in providing shelter for elder abuse victims are combining forces to expand efforts to give seniors an emergency refuge. Eight such shelters have formed an alliance and will meet this week in suburban Cincinnati to share best practices and hear from experts on elder abuse, increasingly recognized as a problem...
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday June 4th 2014
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect...
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Wausau woman gets prison in $250,000 elderly-fraud scheme

Monday May 19th 2014
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WAUSAU (WI) — A Wausau woman convicted of defrauding an elderly woman of more than $250,000 and using some of the money to bail friends out of jail will spend eight years in prison. Laurie A. Goetsch, 46, was found guilty in February in Marathon County Circuit Court of five felony theft charges in...
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New Kansas law aimed at protecting seniors

Tuesday April 22nd 2014
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TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that supporters said would boost efforts to protect seniors from financial exploitation. “This new measure significantly strengthens the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to protect Kansas senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse,” Kansas Attorney General Schmidt said in a prepared statement...
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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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