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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Growing into a National Crisis

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Do you know what America's "dirty little secret" is? The hidden problem of elder abuse, according to the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). Here's what you should know about this serious social problem.

Elder Financial Exploitation: A Crime AND a Serious Health Risk

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Perpetrated by family, "friends," caregivers, and predatory outsiders, financial exploitation hurts almost one in 20, or 5 percent, of older adults.

A 'Huge, Expensive And Lethal' Problem For States Explained

Pew's Stateline | Rita Beamish | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Clearly, this is an effort that cannot be left to health care professionals alone, but there is more that doctors, nurses and others can do. We can start by including elder abuse in conversations with patients and educating ourselves on the resources available.

Aging in a High Tech World

Ellen Isaacs | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Isaacs

I couldn't figure out what was going on until Dad showed me a phone bill with a total amount due of $2,132.41, and listing some 200 phone calls to/from 'Kingston' (Jamaica) and Las Vegas.

Man, 28, Accused Of Assaulting 92-Year-Old Girlfriend

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.25.2015 | Crime

A 28-year-old man is facing assault charges after allegedly hitting Willie Frances Robinson, his 92-year-old girlfriend. Thomas Standley was arrest...

Nursing Home Owner Caught On Tape Sexually Assaulting Resident: Cops

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

The owner of a nursing home in Washington State was arrested last week after police say a hidden camera caught him sexually assaulting an 83-year-old ...

Why You Need To Talk To Your Parents About Aging

Deborah King | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Deborah King

It's not easy for anyone when the time to put away the car keys is reached: the time when he or she has to relinquish that great worldwide symbol of independence -- driving a car. It happens for some at earlier ages than for others. Sight starts to fail and driving at night becomes increasing difficult. Reflexes slow and the foot moves slower from the gas to the brake.

What Does It Take to Make Hospitals More Hospitable? It Might Take Just a Moment

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

As horrifying as this was, I felt worst about not speaking out from behind my own curtain to let my roommates and the nurses know that this was not acceptable treatment.

Action Needed Now to End Elder Abuse Among the Poor

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

According to a 2010 study, abuse among America's elderly is, unfortunately, prevalent. It manifests in many forms: psychological, physical, sexual, financial abuse and neglect all which threaten seniors in our community. The impact of elder abuse on low-income older adults is even more significant.

Elder Abuse and Older Americans Month: A Tribute to My Immigrant Mother

Robert Espinoza | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

Two residents at my mother's nursing home in northern Colorado began overcrowding her table at dinner time, making it uncomfortable for her to sit or eat. And when she complained informally to a staff member, the couple launched a full-on assault.

Mickey Rooney, Teen Idol Turned Elder Hero: What We Can Learn From Him

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

He showed us how to continue to be productive even as we become older. And then he showed us how vulnerable anyone can be to elder abuse, and how to handle this tragedy.

Be on the Lookout for Elder Abuse

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

There is much that our society needs to do to prevent and respond to elder abuse. But one critical intervention depends on all of us. We can be on the lookout for elder abuse, and we can report it when we suspect it is taking place.

The Utility and Ethics of 'Granny Cams'

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Lachs, M.D.

I have spent thousands of hours providing medical care in nursing homes as a geriatrician. From this vantage point, I think we need to give the use of cameras some serious thought before plunging headfirst down this new surveillance rabbit hole.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

NYC Doormen Trained To Spot Elder Abuse

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's doormen are being enlisted as an army of eyes to look for signs of elder abuse: a stranger picking up the mail, the sudde...

You Won't Believe What An Angry Kid Did To His Own Grandmother

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 12.16.2013 | Fifty

An 11-year-old boy from Ohio was taken into police custody over the weekend after allegedly punching his grandmother in the face at a Dayton departmen...

87-Year-Old Advocate Is On A Mission

Ventura County Star | Tom Kisken | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

Everything fell into place except for the happy ending. June Glasmeier, an 87-year-old Thousand Oaks resident with red hair and a one-track mind, kno...

Woman Who Neglected Elderly Mom Said Screams Weren't That Loud: Report

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

SYDNEY — SYDNEY (AP) — By the time the ambulance showed up to the house, the old woman's screams were, as the paramedics would later tell it, ...

Portrait of the Ideal Victim (Elder Financial Abuse)

Pamela Glasner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Depression-era babies come from a different world. They expect a friendly smile to indicate an honest person and are less likely to take action when defrauded.

Not a Blessing in Disguise

Mehroz Baig | Posted 09.24.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Historically in the United States, immigrant communities have found success by joining together and building up collectively. Scammers in these cases use that to their advantage, by starting conversations in Cantonese.

There Are No Poor Elderly in Fairfield County

Pamela Glasner | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Ever since 2011, when my 89 and 91-year-old parents were financially exploited and I became embroiled in the issue -- and in the battle -- I have been...

Elder Abuse and Technology

Mehroz Baig | Posted 09.15.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

As prevalence of Internet use increases among older adults, so does the possibility of scams and frauds, many of which lead to financial abuse of the elderly.

Addressing Capacity Assessment

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Mark Lachs, M.D.

The fastest growing segment of the American population is adults over the age of 85, and when you carefully test that population you can detect some degree of cognitive impairment in 40 to 50 percent of them. That's not synonymous with loss of decision-making ability, but it places our older loved ones at greater risk!

Elder Abuse: A National Tragedy

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Ashley B. Carson

Elder abuse occurs on a regular basis, affecting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. What's even worse is that for every reported case of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, experts believe there are five that go unreported. We must put an end to it.