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Elder Abuse

 
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Website Offers State Rankings on Protecting the Elderly

The District of Columbia ranks first in the nation when it comes to protecting the elderly from abuse. South Carolina ranks last. That’s the findings reported by WalletHub, the online financial advisory. In order to determine the states with the best protection against elder abuse, WalletHu...

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Much Left to Do in Preventing Financial Abuse of Seniors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that while many U.S. counties have done a good job in developing effective community-based efforts aimed at preventing financial exploitation of older adults, much work remains to be done. In fact, new research by the CFPB finds that nearly 20 percent of all U.S. seniors have been victims of financial exploitation, but for lack of effective support networks, many cases go unreported.

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Group Exposes ‘Mind Hacking’ Techniques Used against Seniors

Just as a hacker can gain unauthorized access to a computer and the information it holds, an unscrupulous person can hack into a person’s mind through undue influence.

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New Guide Helps Law Enforcement Detect Elder Abuse

The pocket-sized guide addresses legal concepts, documents and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it, as well as issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect such abuse has occurred.

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Study Examines Nursing Home Resident-to-Resident Abuse

In recent years, research and clinical experience have shifted the focus to abuse by nursing home staff against vulnerable residents, such as elderly dementia sufferers. But the new study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, suggests that a more frequent threat to residents is aggression committed by other cohabitants.

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DoJ Offers Online Tool for Combating Elder Abuse

The Justice Department has produced an online resource to report elder abuse -- the Elder Justice website. The site offers information on support for victims and families as well as resources for prosecutors, researchers and practitioners.

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Financial Exploitation of Older Americans Continues to Rise

Researchers at Wayne State University, in collaboration with Illinois Institute of Technology, have published a study advising clinical gerontologists in the field to be aware of older adults' needs for assessment of financial exploitation or its potential when working with highly vulnerable individuals.

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CMS to Host Elder Maltreatment Symposium

The purpose of the symposium is to solicit input from stakeholders to assist CMS in further development of Measure #181: Elder Maltreatment Screen and Follow-Up Plan, as part of the Physician Quality Reporting System.

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More Should be Done to Curb Elder Financial Abuse, Says GAO

Even though the states have primary responsibility for combating elder financial exploitation, the federal government could do a better job of disseminating relevant information, the GAO says.

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Experts: Financial Abuse of Elderly Getting Worse

The vast majority (84%) of 762 experts dealing with investment fraud/financial exploitation of American senior citizens agree that the problem of swindles targeting the elderly is getting worse today, according to the findings of a major new online survey released Wednesday (June 13) by the nonprofit Investor Protection Trust (IPT).

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