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Court Decision Sets Precedent & Raises Awareness of Elder Abuse

Monday September 15th 2014
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A NYC Housing Court judge recently  found in favor of an older adult who was being abused by, and lived in fear of his immediate family members (Housing Court Huggins v. Randolph). Kings County Judge, Susan F. Avery, JHC based a significant portion of her findings on the rights of older adults to live...
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U.S. Department of Justice Launches the Elder Justice Website

Friday September 12th 2014
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The site offers resources for victims, family members, prosecutors, researchers, and anyone who works with older adults. Victims and family members will find information about how to report elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the territories. Federal, State, and local prosecutors will find three different databases containing sample pleadings and...
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Protect and Defend – Fraud Targeting Seniors

Friday September 5th 2014
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Fraud against seniors hits all walks of life and is in every community. Known losses, just through financial exploitation of seniors in the US, have reached $2.6 billion each year. This is estimated to be the tip of the iceberg (just 2% of cases reported) making a realistic estimate top out at $125 billion...
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Financial Elder Abuse Near You

Friday September 5th 2014
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Elder financial abuse is being called the fastest growing area of crime in America. And it may be happening in your family, if you aren’t paying attention to a caregiver — or a relative — who, under the guise of being helpful, is syphoning off an elderly person’s life savings. According to a study...
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DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

Friday August 1st 2014
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Elder Justice Roadmap outlines critical path to combating problem   Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation....
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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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