York County forms task force to combat elder abuse

Wednesday November 5th 2014

A new task force will aim to combat an increasing problem in York County: Elder abuse.

The new initiative will see members of the private sector team up with local law enforcement and county officials to identify needs of the county’s older adults in order to better protect them from abuse.

Dianna Benaknin, director of the county’s Area Agency on Aging, said her office receives 60 reports of abuse a month. But there could be even more that are never reported to officials.

“We worry about the cases of abuse that (are reported), that we see, but there are many that we don’t know about,” Benaknin said.

Task force: The task force, one of many already up and running in counties across the state, is a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Institute on Protective Services at Temple University and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Read more »

My child, my abuser

Wednesday November 5th 2014

(SINGAPORE) An elderly widow entrusted the sale of her Housing Board flat to her only child, only to have her daughter pocket the proceeds, dump her mother in hospital and disappear.

Three years on, the daughter is still missing. The mother is still alive, with dementia and in a nursing home.

Around a third of close to 100 victims of elder abuse were cheated of their savings or property or harassed for money by family members, according to a new study by Trans Safe Centre, a voluntary welfare agency which specialises in the issue.

More than half of the victims were physically abused – beaten up, punched, pushed or scratched – and seven in 10 reported being psychologically abused, facing threats, taunts and insults.  Eight in 10 victims were women, usually mothers, while half of the abusers were sons, and a fifth of them, daughters.

The study by social workers Odelia Chan, Ho Gang Hiang and Tan Ching Yee looked only at “substantiated” cases of abuse, where there was physical evidence of wrongdoing or where the abuse had been witnessed by a third party. The victims were aged 60 and above.  While there were fewer cases of financial exploitation than verbal or physical abuse, the numbers may well rise with the increase in the number of better-off older people, said Ms Chan, the main author of the Trans Safe report.

“It’s happened in countries like the United States. More cases may well happen here,” she said. Read more »

N.J. attorney pleads guilty to stealing from elderly clients

Wednesday November 5th 2014

An attorney who was once a respected practitioner of elder law in Atlantic County, N.J., pleaded guilty Monday to stealing millions of dollars from her clients.

Barbara Lieberman, 62, of Northfield, will lose her law license in New Jersey and must pay $3 million in restitution to her victims, the state Attorney General’s Office said. She also will have to give up a BMW.

Lieberman, who pleaded guilty to money laundering in Superior Court in Mays Landing, faces up to 10 years in prison. She used to offer seminars on wills to senior citizens.

She was arrested in March along with Jan Van Holt, 58, of Linwood, whose case is ongoing. Van Holt operated an in-home senior care company called A Better Choice. She and Lieberman allegedly referred elderly clients to each other between 2006 and 2013.

Lieberman sought senior citizens with large assets and few immediate family members, making the scheme easier to cover up, the Attorney General’s Office said.By naming herself as power of attorney on wills and other documents, Lieberman was able to transfer victims’ assets into bank accounts that she and Van Holt then used, authorities said. Lieberman paid off six-figure credit-card bills, while Van Holt bought a Florida condominium and two Mercedes-Benzes, authorities said. Read more »

OAPS Basic Enrichment – Self Neglect & Executive Functioning – April 29, 2015 – Lancaster

Monday November 3rd 2014

On April 29, 2015 we are offering the training on Self Neglect & Executive Functioning. This training is open to Area Agency on Aging staff and provides protective services enrichment credits.

Consumers that self-neglect frequently present as cognitively intact but may have executive functioning limitations.  Impaired executive function is not always as easily identified as impaired memory. This training will examine executive functioning and how to assess the consumer’s abilities, limitations and needs when allegations of self-neglect are received.  This training will be taught by Linda Shumaker and Lori Knockstead.

Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA, is a registered nurse currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. She has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and long-term care.

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PS Basic Enrichment – Safety

Sunday November 2nd 2014

Protective service investigators are confronted by increasingly dangerous situations. This training will teach participants to practically assess and address situations that place investigators at physical and psychological risk, including the issue of protecting the worker’s own personal privacy. Read more »

PS Supervisors Enrichment

Saturday November 1st 2014

The training will cover topics that provide opportunities and address obstacles to enhancing our delivery of protective services across the network in conducting investigations and protective services delivery.

The trainer for this class is Annarose Ingarra-Milch, nationally known author and professional development facilitator.

This training is open to Area Agency on Aging supervisors and administrators.

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Spring 2015 Protective Services Basic Training – May 12 to 15

Saturday November 1st 2014

May 12 to 15, 2015, we are offering Protective Services Basic Training in State College.

This 3 ½ day course is the mandatory training for staff that will conduct protective service investigations. The training is focused on the basic knowledge and tools that AAA staff need to know to conduct thorough and comprehensive investigations. Training modules are based on OAPSA and related regulations. Participants must complete all 3 ½ days of training. Read more »

OAPS Training Calendar for 2014 – 2015

Friday October 31st 2014

During the 2014-15 training period, will be offering seven basic enrichment trainings, two sessions of the basic OAPS trainings,  two five year refresher trainings, and three advanced/supervisor enrichment trainings. Below you will find a listing of our trainings as well as a link to training and registration information.  These course are open to Area Agency on Aging staff only.

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Former Phila. City Hall Clerk Sentenced For Stealing Elderly Neighbor’s Benefits

Friday October 31st 2014

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former clerk to Philadelphia City Council was sentenced today to four years’ probation and ordered to make restitution after admitting she stole Social Security benefits from an elderly neighbor in her care.

Investigators say defendant Nancy Gonzalez and her then-boyfriend, the victim’s great-nephew, stole more than $30,000 intended for victim Iris Galarza.  Gonzalez was the victim’s Social Security payee.

The 88-year-old victim was left to live in squalor and roam the streets with bags on her feet for shoes.

“And instead of using the money to Miss Galarza’s benefit, Miss Gonzalez, along as well with her co-defendant, used the money for their own gain — to pay their own bills, to go on vacation, and so forth,” says Philadelphia prosecutor Michael Bonner. Read more »

Pennsylvania woman gets prison for abusing elderly husband

Tuesday October 28th 2014

DOYLESTOWN — A 74-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to at least a month in prison for beating her elderly husband and locking him, naked, outside their home in freezing temperatures.
Dolores Labrum pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to charges that include simple assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
She was sentenced to one to 23 months behind bars.
Newtown Township police found Labrum’s 78-year-husband standing bruised, naked, shivering and unresponsive on the balcony of their apartment in December. Court documents describe him as frail, weak and suffering from dementia.
He told police it was at least the fifth time in the past year his wife had made him strip and stand naked on the balcony after an argument.

This article was written by The Associated Press as reported on Triblive.com.

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