February 2005 | Volume 7 | No. 4

Policy & Legislation

John Breaux to Serve as Honorary Chair of Elder Justice Coalition

Recently retired U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana has accepted the Elder Justice Coalition's invitation this month to become honorary chairman of the Elder Justice Coalition. Senator Breaux, former chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and longtime champion of elder justice, authored the Senate's original version of the Elder Justice bill.

Meanwhile, Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, ranking Democrat on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, has indicated that it seems likely a new Elder Justice bill will be introduced in the Senate soon. Senator Kohl is expected to be the lead Democratic sponsor.

On the House side, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the author of last year's version of the Elder Justice Act, told Coalition partners that he also plans to introduce legislation this year.

For more information, contact Elder Justice Coalition Chair Robert Blancato at [email protected]. Mr. Blancato also serves as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. On the Internet >> elderjusticecoalition.com.


2005 White House Conference on Aging: What to Watch For in the Weeks Ahead

This list points you to WHCOA Designated Events, Regional Forums, and Mini-Conferences coming up in the next month related to elder abuse prevention. Please contact event organizers for further information.

March 2, 2005
Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services
"How Elder Abuse Affects Women as Caregivers and Victims"
Pre-WHCoA Mini-series Event
Iona College, New York
Contact: [email protected]

March 3, 2005
Older Adult Consumer Mental Health Alliance and University of California, San Diego
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Conference
San Diego, CA
Contact: [email protected]

March 12, 2005
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
White House Conference on Aging Mini-Conference on Elder Abuse
ASA/NCOA Joint Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: [email protected]

March 15, 2005
Arizona Aging and Adult Administration public hearing on Elder Rights and Protection
Phoenix, AZ
Contact: [email protected]


State News

The 2005 state legislative sessions got underway in January. Below is a roundup of some of the new bills that are being introduced:

Connecticut Seeks Elder Death Review

H.B. 6575 - An Act Establishing an Elder Death Review Team within the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
www.cga.ct.gov/2005/cbs/H/HB-6575.htm

Kentucky Legislature Urges Support for Elder Justice Act

S.R. 84 - A Resolution Urging the Kentucky Delegation to Congress to Reintroduce and Enact the Provisions of the Elder Justice Act
www.lrc.ky.gov/record/05rs/SR84.htm

H.B. 298 - An Act Relating to Protection of Adults
www.lrc.ky.gov/record/05rs/HB298.htm

Massachusetts Toughens Penalties

S.B. 1083 - An Act Regarding the Penalties for Crimes Against the Elderly and Disabled Persons
The bill increases the criminal penalties for abuse against the elderly and disabled and holds nursing home supervisors, owners, and operators accountable for allowing patterns of abuse and neglect to exist in their facilities.
www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=986&id=1359

Mississippi Introduces Four Bills

H.B. 56 (As Introduced) - Elder Abuse Reporting
billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2005/html/HB/0001-0099/HB0056IN.htm
Legislation would also require the creation of a statewide register of elder abuse reports.

H.B. 24 (As Introduced) - County Elder Death Review Teams
billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2005/html/HB/0100-0199/HB0124IN.htm

SB 2186 (As Passed in the Senate) - Elder Abuse Awareness
Legislation requires nursing facilities and their families to be provided vulnerable adult awareness education and contact information upon admission.
billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2005/html/SB/2100-2199/SB2186PS.htm

SB 2471 (As Passed in the Senate) - Vulnerable Adult Education, Training, Investigation, and Prosecution Trust Fund
billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2005/html/SB/2400-2499/SB2471PS.htm

Texas - Adult Protective Services Reform

A brief report summarizing APS reform efforts in Texas was released on February 10. On the Internet >> www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/presentations/021005_SHHSC.pdf

Several bills focusing on elder abuse issues were also introduced, including:

H.B. 713 - Elder Fraud and Abuse: Forgery
www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/db2www/tlo/billhist/billhist.d2w/
report?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BILLTYPE=B&BILLSUFFIX=00713


H.B. 714 - Elder Fraud and Abuse: Punishment
www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/db2www/tlo/billhist/billhist.d2w/
report?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BILLTYPE=B&BILLSUFFIX=00714


H.B. 715 - Elder Fraud and Abuse: Punishment for Credit Card Abuse
www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/db2www/tlo/billhist/billhist.d2w/
report?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BILLTYPE=B&BILLSUFFIX=00715


H.B. - Elder Fraud and Abuse: Issuance of Bad Checks - Punishment
www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/db2www/tlo/billhist/billhist.d2w/
report?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BILLTYPE=B&BILLSUFFIX=00778


H.B. 920 - Protective and Guardianship Services for Elderly and Disabled Persons
www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/db2www/tlo/billhist/Hmatrix.d2w/
report?LEG=79&SESS=R&CHAMBER=H&BILLTYPE=B&BILLSUFFIX=00920
&SORT=Asc


In Focus: Identifying Victims of Financial Exploitation

SPOTLIGHT ON: Philadelphia Enhanced Investigative Capacity Project

In 2002, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging partnered with the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University to launch an Enhanced Investigative Capacity Project to help identify, investigate, and prosecute cases of elder victimization. The Institute contracted with Older Adult Protective Services (APS) at the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging to hire and train an investigator with experience in fraud and financial crimes.

This specialized investigator provided training and consultation to APS workers, developed partnerships with law enforcement, and conducted in-depth investigations of exploitation crimes. These efforts have resulted in Philadelphia APS referring nine exploitation cases for prosecution.

As a follow on to this project, in March 2003 Older Adult Protective Services in Philadelphia partnered with Wachovia bank to develop an innovative training initiative aimed at tracking down and preventing elder financial losses.

Within the first year, 126 cases of financial exploitation were tracked, with $466,914 in losses prevented and $1,315,897 in assets protected. Of the 126 cases, APS referred 14 to Wachovia and Wachovia referred 112 to APS.

This is a remarkable achievement, given that these types of cases are among the most "complex and difficult to resolve," said Joseph Snyder, director of Older Adult Protective Services at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and current president of the National Adult Protective Services Association.

"We get about 2,300 new reports a year - 20 percent financially related," Snyder said, adding that the numbers have steadily risen every year. "We needed that help."

Wachovia's Loss Management group, one of the few banks in the country with a corporate-level department solely focused on fraud, placed considerable emphasis on training all financial center staff in the city of Philadelphia to identify, prevent, and report suspected cases of financial exploitation.

"We did a blitz training originally," said Linda Mill, vice president and manager of loss prevention at Wachovia.

Since then training has been provided in Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virginia. And that's in a year's time.

Snyder is extremely pleased with the collaboration. "To date we haven't had one bump in the road," he said. "It's a classic win-win for both organizations and, of course, for the consumers that we both serve."

For Wachovia, the rationale is simple: "Fundamentally, it is doing the right thing to protect our customers, said Mill. "That's what a financial institution does." From a moral standpoint, she added, "It is just the right thing to do."

Contact

Joseph Snyder, Director of Older Adult Protective Services
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
President, National Adult Protective Services Association
642 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3409
(215) 765-9000
[email protected]

Linda Mill
Vice President and Manager
Wachovia Loss Management Department
PO box 7618, Internal Mail Code PA 4268
Philadelphia, PA 19101
(215) 765-9000
[email protected]

Ronald Costen, Ph.D., Esquire
Associate Professor and Director
Temple University Institute on Protective Services
234 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg PA 17101
(717) 221-1642
[email protected]


Linda Mill, Joseph Snyder, and Ronald Costen will describe their work and answer questions at the 2005 Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and National Council on the Aging, Saturday, March 12, 2-4 PM.

To register, go to >> www.agingconference.org


Wachovia Bank/ Adult Protective Services Partnership

Loss Management: Protecting Depositors

Cases tracked March 1, 2003 - February 20, 2004   126
     
Cases Referred by Wachovia Bank   112
Cases Referred to Wachovia by APS   14
  
Actual Losses Prevented    $466,914.42
Balances Held at Risk   $1,315,896.93

Types of Offenses

  • Exploitation:   Misappropriation of assets
  • Scams:   Advance Fee/419 Fraud, Bank Employee/Bank Examiner, Pigeon Drop, Itinerant Fraud, International Lottery Fraud, Relative in Distress, Identity Theft, Telemarketers

Substantiation
Excluding cases still pending, the substantiation rate is 64% of all referrals.

SOURCE: Wachovia, Inc.


Oregon Senior Financial Abuse Coalition Launches Statewide Public Awareness Campaign

To highlight the growing problem of financial abuse, the Oregon Senior Financial Abuse Coalition launched a new statewide public awareness campaign this month targeted toward adult children of seniors, "boomers," and the elderly.

As part of their campaign, the Coalition unveiled a new publication, Preventing and Responding to Senior Financial Abuse, at a kick off event in early February. The Coalition plans to distribute 10,000 copies of this publication to senior centers, area agencies on aging, and other community organizations. The booklet is available on the Web in English, Russian, and Spanish.

The Oregon Senior Financial Abuse Coalition is composed of experts from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Department of Human Services, AARP, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Department of Justice, and senior forums. Washington Mutual provided $7,700 for education and outreach.

For more information, contact Jane-ellen Weidanz, Governor's Commission on Senior Services, (503) 945-6444.

On the Internet >> Preventing and Responding to Senior Financial Abuse in Oregon (English edition) www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/pubs/finabuse_eng.pdf


Did You Know?

Washington Mutual, Inc. currently funds community grants in 17 states. Its giving focus areas include financial education for adults. To find out more, go to >> www.wamu.com/about/community/support/
givingguidelines/givingguidelines.htm#A1-givingguidelines


"Target: Elder Abuse"
2004 New York Elder Abuse Summit

On February 10, the 2004 New York State Summit on Elder Abuse report was released. According to a press release from Life Span of Greater Rochester, one of the Coalition's first priorities is to work to "reform specific laws and enact and enforce new state laws and policies that enhance prevention, intervention and prosecution and protect elders from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation."

Art Mason, director of Lifespan's Elder Abuse Prevention Program, said in the release, "Our current laws just don't offer enough protection for our vulnerable elderly victims. It's just too easy for someone to steal from a trusting elder. We must make it more difficult to use powers of attorney for financial exploitation."

According to the announcement, the Elder Abuse Committee of the District Attorneys Association has recommended a bill that will help in the prosecution of financial abuse cases.

"Target: Elder Abuse - 2004 New York State Summit" is available online at >> www.lifespan-roch.org


At a Glance: "Undue Influence"

Who Is Susceptible?

Anyone can be taken advantage of given the right circumstances. However, certain personality traits and stresses in life may increase an individual's susceptibility:

  • Death of a spouse - a particular risk when couples are overly dependent on each other
  • Depression, social withdrawal
  • Isolation
  • Attention-seeking behavior - manipulators are masterful at giving the attention sought
  • Anxiety, fear of abandonment
  • Dependency, helplessness - unable to function without the help of others, difficulties in decision making
  • Diminished mental capacity
  • Undetected pathology
  • Inactive relatives

Ploys Perpetrators Don't Want You to Know

  • Restricting/denying food or medicine so the person becomes weak and compliant
  • Relationship poisoning
  • Self promotion - "indispensability"
  • Restricting access
  • Deceptive manipulations
  • Reinterpreting events

Taking Advantage

  • Increase the discomfort - then offer relief
  • Create an atmosphere of urgency, fear, or guilt - "This is what you really wanted to do . . . This is the only way you can protect yourself, and you must do it right now."

Manipulation as Power

  • Submission: Individual mindlessly follows demand or request

SOURCE:
Ira Daniel Turkat, "Psychological Aspects of Undue Influence," Probate & Property, American Bar Association, January/February 2003 www.abanet.org/rppt/publications/magazine/2003/jf/turkat.html


Recommended Reading


Calendar/Coming Up

May 2005 - Older Americans Month 2005 Commemorative Poster and Logos Unveiled "Celebrate Long-Term Living"

Download Older Americans Act 2005 "Celebrate Long-Term Living" logos from the Administration on Aging Web site >> www.aoa.gov/press/oam/oam.asp


Courses and Conferences

April 2 - 16, 2005

"Influence and Persuasion"
San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning

Geared to psychotherapists and attorneys, this course aims to provide participants with background knowledge about the stages of cult indoctrination, the dynamics of elder abuse, the vulnerabilities that make people open to persuasion and undue influence, and the psychological principles behind the tools of persuasion. The course covers techniques of influence and how the techniques are used. Expert guest lecturers will speak from personal or professional experience on cults, elder abuse, and the potential forensic consequences of undue influence.

3 Saturday meetings, 9 AM - 4 PM $350 (1.8 CEU)

Register online >> www.cel.sfsu.edu/courses/other.cfm?ID=
525858&admin_unit=E&catalog_Number=30414&period=20052&selection=classes


March 13 - 14, 2005

Fair Debt Collection Practices Training Conference
Hilton Crystal City
Arlington, VA

This two day training, co-sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and National Association of Consumer Advocates, is designed for attorneys and legal aid lawyers who are interested or involved in representing clients with claims against debt collectors.

Registration form > > www.nclc.org/conference_training/


NCEA News & Resources

Notes from the Director, NCEA
"What Would You Like to Know?"

From time to time, it is important to print a reminder about the wealth of financial abuse information now available on the NCEA Web site.

NCEA Promising Practice Database,
www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=toolsresources.cfm, with more than 300 entries, offers valuable contact information for identifying people with expertise in financial abuse, fraud, exploitation. Among the many examples of projects and initiatives that are being set up to tackle financial elder abuse are fiduciary abuse specialist teams (FAST), money management programs, bank employee training / bank reporting efforts, training for law enforcement, and state approaches for financial abuse case consultation.

NCEA National Training Library for APS and Elder Abuse
www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=napsalibrary.cfm gives you another source. The library's holdings include Financial Exploitation: The Crime of the 90's, and bank employee training and audiovisual materials developed under Oregon's financial exploitation project, among other potentially helpful resources.

Just as important, you can find out about research being undertaken by searching the CANE Web site at db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp.You may also be interested in reading Money Management Programs: A Protection Against Elder Abuse and Forgotten Victims of Elder Financial Crime and Abuse: A Report and Recommendations. Both are available on our Web site at www.elderabusecenter.org.

In the coming months we will continue to add to our databases. We want to hear from all of you!

Please send information about your strategies and initiatives to [email protected] and
APS/Elder Abuse training material that you have developed to [email protected].

—Sara Aravanis, Director, National Center on Elder Abuse


Call for Memoranda of Understanding and Memoranda of Agreement

NCEA is looking for examples and models of memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement related to elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, including but not limited to the delivery of adult protective services.

We ask that you send pertinent documents by e-mail to the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at [email protected]. If it is not possible to transmit documents electronically, please mail them to CANE, 211 Alison Hall West, Department of Consumer Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, or fax them to (302) 831-6081 Attn: CANE.

If you have any questions, please call Sharon Merriman-Nai at (302) 831-6081.


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On the Front Lines

Alaska Facts and Stats1

  • In FY 2001 Alaska Adult Protective Services (6 APS workers statewide) performed approximately 1,031 intakes, conducted over 751 investigations, and provided 139 referrals. There was an increase of 100 investigations over the previous year.
  • Over 120 vulnerable adults received General Relief financial assistance on the average each month for assisted living services. Approximately 86 reports of harm were investigated in assisted living homes (the Alaska Adult Protective Services Unit administers General Relief funds to provide assisted living care to adults needing protective services under the authority provided under AS 47.24.017).
  • About 41,600 Alaskans are aged 65 and older, compared to about 36,000 in 2000, an increase of nearly 16 percent in four years. By 2029, the number is expected to reach nearly 138,000.

SOURCES:
State of Alaska FY2003 Governor's Operating Budget www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/03OMB/budget/Admin/comp2083.pdf;
Alaska General Relief for Assisted Living Care www.hss.state.ak.us/dsds/aps.htm;
Alaska Journal of Commerce, February 2005 www.alaskajournal.com/stories/021405/loc_20050214002.shtml

1The statistics highlighted in this column are gathered from a variety of state-specific data sources and should be cited using the sources referenced. Readers should note that elder abuse incidence and prevalence rates vary among states and differ depending upon the definitions used and state laws regarding reporting. The National Center on Elder Abuse cannot guarantee and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information.


Alaska Online Resources

Agency Sources

Statutes


Research & Scholarship

"Exposing Financial Exploitation of Impaired Elderly Persons"

"Exposing Financial Exploitation of Impaired Elderly Persons"
by Michael J. Tueth, MD, University of Florida College of Medicine
[email protected]
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Vol. 8 / May 2000

CONCLUSION
Because there are no physical wounds and because privacy and autonomy are treasured values in our society, a commitment to identifying victims and developing treatment strategies for financial exploitation of elderly persons has not yet been fully embraced by the medical community. Medical research, including clinical reports, surveys, and cross sectional studies, is needed to investigate this type of elder abuse.

On the Internet >> ajgp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/8/2/104


"Undoing Undue Influence"

"Undoing Undue Influence"
By Mary Joy Quinn, RN, MA,
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 12, No. 2 / 2000

SUMMARY
Undue influence has long been recognized within the legal profession and the courts, usually within the context of will contests. The field of elder abuse and neglect is now beginning to focus on the issue as practitioners try to understand the actions of seemingly competent and capable elders who give away major assets or gifts sometimes to virtual strangers. Undue influence frequently accompanies other types of elder abuse and neglect, usually occurring when a close personal relationship exists. This article describes the dynamics of undue influence, outlines the profiles of victims and abusers, and offers intervention and prevention strategies.


2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report

2005 Identity Fraud Survey Report
Javelin Strategy & Research and Better Business Bureau / January 2005

FINDINGS
Within the last 12 months, 9.3 million American adults (1 out of 23) became victims of identity fraud. Family members and relatives along with friends and neighbors make up half of all known identity thieves. Family members and relatives are more likely to commit new account frauds (when someone uses your identity to open a new account in your name) and other frauds, and their frauds tend to have greater total cost, greater out-of-pocket cost, and more time to resolve than frauds committed by others. This report is an update of the Federal Trade Commission's 2003 Identity Theft Survey Report.

On the Internet >> www.javelinstrategy.com/reports/documents/2005_Javeln_
Strategy_Research_Identity_Fraud_Survey_Complimentary_Report.pdf

See also IDENTITY FRAUD SAFETY QUIZ >> www.javelinstrategy.com/IDSAFETYQUIZ.htm


To see abstracts of more published studies, visit the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp. For assistance, e-mail CANE at [email protected].


Trends & Statistics

Long Term Care Ombudsman Complaints Help Tell the Story

According to the latest data from the National Long Term Care Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS),* State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs nationally investigated 20,673 complaints of abuse, gross neglect, and exploitation on behalf of nursing home and board and care residents in 2003.

Nursing Homes

  • In 2003, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program responded to 15,542 complaints of abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation of nursing home residents.
  • Allegations of nursing home abuse included physical abuse (5,163), verbal/mental abuse (3,256), and gross neglect (2,275).
  • In 2003, complaints alleging financial exploitation by family totaled 1,936 - and complaints against facilities totaled 1,048.
  • Complaints in NORS reporting abuse/abandonment by family/friend/guardian or while on visit out of facility were relatively rare. The total was 902. Complaints alleging sexual abuse totaled 962.

Board & Care Homes

  • In 2003, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program responded to 5,131 complaints of abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation of board and care residents.
  • Allegations of board and care abuses included physical abuse (1,189), verbal/mental abuse (1,023), and gross neglect (868).
  • In 2003, complaints alleging financial exploitation by family totaled 734 - and complaints against facilities totaled 707.
  • Complaints in NORS reporting abuse/abandonment by family/friend/guardian, or while on visit out of facility were relatively rare. The total was 270. Complaints alleging sexual abuse totaled 340.

* Not all abuse & neglect complaints are referred to or investigated by the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs.

SOURCE: 2003 National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS) Tables www.aoa.gov/prof/aoaprog/elder_rights/LTCombudsman/
National_and_State_Data/2003nors/2003nors.asp


News & Notes

CMS Background Check Pilot:
Three States Add Focus on Abuse Prevention Training

Readers may recall last month's announcement of states selected to participate in a comprehensive Background Check Pilot Program for new workers in long term care: Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded additional funding to Alaska, Michigan, and Wisconsin to create and deliver a comprehensive abuse prevention training program for caregivers with direct access to residents, as well as managers and supporting staff.

Furthermore, three states have been selected as alternates and may be awarded funding in the future if one of the pilot states is unable or unwilling to participate fully. The three alternate states are Hawaii, Illinois, and Louisiana.

A list of the State Background Check Pilot Contacts is available at >> www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/survey-cert/bcp.asp


"If It Sounds Too Good to Be True"
Local Prosecutors' Experiences Fighting Telecommunications Fraud

This report from the American Prosecutors Research Institute summarizes a national survey of local prosecutors' offices, in which prosecutors were asked to identify challenges and barriers that arise in prosecuting telecommunications fraud cases as well as innovative and promising approaches they use to overcome those challenges.

Among the study's findings and recommendations:

  • The analysis showed that prosecutors overwhelmingly agreed persons over 65 are impacted the most by telecommunications fraud.
  • To encourage further reporting of these crimes, and prevent the victim from being re-victimized, prosecutors should be able to inform a victim about potential assistance resources, such as the FTC's Consumer Sentinel www.consumer.gov/sentinel, adult protective services, or friends and families of victims.
  • Possible community outreach strategies include a fraud alert system, public service announcements released to the media, and training community groups about online and telephone safety.

Download report >> www.ndaa-apri.org/pdf/sounds_too_good.pdf


"Abuse Ignores Age" - A Public Private Partnership to Raise Awareness

In late January, Verizon Wireless, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Wyandotte and Johnson County Area Agencies on Aging, and Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition of Kansas City, Kansas unveiled a new public education campaign designed to promote awareness of elder abuse and encourage victims to seek help.

Posters developed for the first phase of the campaign will be distributed to a variety of locations frequented by seniors, including assisted-living facilities, hospitals, doctors' offices, senior centers, and places of worship. The posters include the 24-hour hotline telephone numbers for seniors in both Kansas and Missouri who may need help.

For additional information, contact Jody Ladd Craig, MARC, (816) 474-4240 or Cheryl Bini Armbrecht, Kansas City/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless, (314) 920-4922, [email protected].

For more information about the Verizon Foundation, go to >> foundation.verizon.com/09001.shtml


Funding Opportunity: SAMHSA Dissertation Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced the availability of new dissertation grants for substance abuse-related services research. The purpose of the program is to expand the network of researchers knowledgeable of substance abuse treatment issues.

Applications are due: May 1, 2005

Where you can learn more >> www.samhsa.gov/grants/2005/nofa/pa04001mod.aspx


Justice Department Announces New Resource to Combat Telemarketing Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this month the availability of a new community education resource, "Telemarketing Fraud Educators Toolbox." Developed by the National Consumers League and Bureau of Justice, the resource kit includes tips, presentations, scripts for radio PSAs and speeches, and more.

Of particular interest is a speech and PowerPoint titled, "Fraudulent Phone Pitches Target Seniors." All of the materials in the toolbox can be copied, customized, and put on your Web site. The materials are available in both English and Spanish.

On the Internet >> www.fraud.org/toolbox/members.htm


SAMHSA Self-Study Course Approved for CE Credit
"Out of the Shadows: Uncovering Substance Use and Elder Abuse"

A free Web self-study course developed for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Out of the Shadows: Uncovering Substance Use and Elder Abuse, has been approved for continuing education credit.

Accrediting agencies include the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, National Association of Social Workers, and National Board of Certified Counselors. Check with your state licensing board for your state's requirements.

The distance learning course is available at >> pathwayscourses.samhsa.gov/


Call for Abstracts:
58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America

Mark your calendars for the 2005 annual Gerontological Society of America conference, slated for November 18-22 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The deadline for abstracts is March 15.

An online abstract form will be available soon. For more information, visit >> www.eshow2000.com/geron/about_the_meeting.cfm


International News:
UK Charity 2005 Elder Abuse Campaign

Late this month, Comic Relief, a registered charity in the UK, is airing a new drama on the BBC to make everyone aware that elder abuse happens and that it is unacceptable. It's called DAD.

The charity's co-founder Richard Curtis said in a press statement that, "The abuse of older people is a very tough subject to deal with and we hope this film will give people the chance to really understand and think about the abuse that now strikes a huge number of older people, both in their homes and in care."

"Like child abuse and domestic abuse before it, the taboo surrounding elder abuse has to be broken."

The film DAD is part of a yearlong campaign to raise awareness. Airing February 24 on BBC ONE, DAD depicts elder abuse both in a residential care home and within the family, addressing physical and emotional abuse, as well as Alzheimer's and the issue of neglect.

DAD is produced by Tightrope Pictures and the BBC. A portion of the money that Comic Relief hopes to raise during a telethon on March 11 will go towards supporting work around elder abuse.

A film synopsis of the production can be found on >> www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/02_february/02/dad.shtml

To learn more about the UK charity drive go to >> www.rednoseday.com/wherethemoneygoes/elderabuse.shtml#


Quote of the Month

"One of the great societal challenges facing our country will be the protection of the financial and health care futures of vulnerable elder Americans and increasingly vulnerable aging baby boomers. On the rise and fast becoming the most prevalent type of crime committed against the elderly are cases involving financial exploitation by perpetrators who are relatives, business professionals/institutions, con artists and caregivers."

—Paul Hodge, Research Fellow, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Chairperson, Global Generations Policy Initiative, and Director, Harvard Generations Policy Program Statement before the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and Policy Committee, October 1, 2004
www.whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/Paul%20Hodge%202005%20WHCOA.pdf

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February 2005
Volume 7, No. 4
Sara Aravanis, Director
Susan Coombs Ficke, Contributing Writer/Editor

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