April 2005 | Volume 7 | No. 6

Policy & Legislation

2005 White House Conference on Aging

Proposed Resolution to Promote Elder Justice and Protect Against Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

A proposed resolution for consideration and adoption by delegates to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), produced as a result of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) sponsored Mini-Conference on Elder Abuse held March 12 in Philadelphia, is now available online at whcoa.gov/about/des_events_reports/WHCoA%20NCPEA%20post
%20event%20report%20%20resolution%20rev%20041305.pdf
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The proposed resolution reflects input from Elder Justice Coalition members, the NCPEA Board of Directors, and participants attending the mini-conference. Briefly, the resolution calls for:

  • Enactment and full funding of the bi-partisan Elder Justice Act, as articulated in S. 333 (2004), the first-ever comprehensive federal legislation to address elder abuse, guaranteeing protection for older Americans and building the capacity of APS programs in every state;
  • Strengthening of federal laws and programs addressing elder abuse, including the Social Services Block Grant, the Older Americans Act (especially Title VII, including first-time funding of the Native American Program), and the Violence Against Women Act by increased appropriations and improvements through reauthorization; and
  • Research to address deficits in our knowledge of elder abuse, including collecting data from health care, social service and justice sectors, implementing recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect, and disseminating the results through education of practitioners, policy makers and the public.

It is the hope of the drafters that this resolution will be among the final Conference resolutions considered by the WHCoA delegates. For more information, contact Susan Aziz, NCPEA Board Member, (202) 682-4140, [email protected].

If you or your organization would like to endorse the proposed resolution, contact Megan Wiley at NCPEA, [email protected], (202) 682-4140, preventelderabuse.org.


At-Large WHCoA Delegate Applications Now Being Accepted

Members of the public are invited to apply to be considered by the WHCoA Policy Committee as At-Large Delegates to the White House conference. The chosen delegates will represent a cross-section of national aging and allied organizations; members of the Baby Boom generation; academic institutions; business and industry; disability, non-profit, and veterans' organizations; and others with an interest and stake in the aging of America.

Individuals may self-nominate or nominate others to be considered. Electronic submission of the application is strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2005

At-Large Delegate Application Form >> whcoa.gov/delegate/At_Large/delegate_form.asp

2005 WHCoA
"At Large Delegate" Application
4350 East West Highway, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814
Fax: 301-443-2902
[email protected]


WHCoA Preliminary Agenda

Specific areas of interest to the elder justice/elder abuse prevention community include:

Planning Along the Lifespan
  • Financial fraud, abuse, exploitation
Our Community
  • Alcoholism, substance abuse, depression, and medication management
  • Coordination between health and aging networks
  • Safe communities/protection from abuse and neglect
Delivery of Quality Care by Caregivers
  • Education of providers about prevention, mental health issues impacting older adults, caring for the disabled, and coordination of care strategies
  • Support of caregivers
  • Shortage of paid caregivers
Social Engagement
  • Promoting expanded opportunities for companionship and leisure to reduce isolation and loneliness
  • Honoring preference and autonomy

Approved February 8, 2005 by WHCoA Policy Committee
To review the full draft agenda, go to >> whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/annotated_agenda.pdf


What to Watch for in the Weeks Ahead

APRIL 29, 2005
National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
"WHCoA Public Forum"
Council on Foundations Conference Center
Washington, DC
Contact: Deanna Okrent (202) 332-2275 or [email protected]

JUNE 9, 2005
Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services
"Elder Abuse, Mental Health, Health and Wellness Mini-Conference"
Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Contact: [email protected]

AUGUST 1, 2005
Senior Forum of Santa Clara County, Department of Aging and Adult Services
"Financial Abuse Specialist Team"
San Jose, CA
Contact: [email protected]

SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2005
"International Conference on Family Violence"
San Diego, CA
Contact: [email protected]

For more information on upcoming WHCoA events, log onto >> whcoa.gov/calendar/calendar.asp


Promising Practice Spotlight:

Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life
Nonprofit consortium seeks to create coordinated community response to abuse in later life

"We live in such an ageist society. An older woman faces incredible barriers in trying to address difficulties in her life. When the difficulty is abuse at the hands of a spouse, partner, or child, barriers such as low self-esteem, health problems, financial worries, and fear can seem insurmountable."
–Char Thompson, co-founder, Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life, 2003

The Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life (MNALL), an ambitious nonprofit training and education consortium founded in 2002 by Bernice Sisson, a pioneer in the battered women's movement in Minnesota and cofounder of one of the first shelters for battered women in the nation; Char Thompson, a long-time advocate for the rights of battered women; and Barb Doherty, Adult Protection Services of Minnesota and past president of the Minnesota Social Service Association, traces its origins to the Older Battered Women's Committee of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, which began meeting in 1989.

Over the 1990s, a growing recognition and acknowledgement of the unique needs of older women who were victims of domestic violence prompted the committee to recommend that it become a free standing statewide nonprofit. The other original cofounders were advocates Mary Allen and Jan Sinna.

Concerns that "the typical domestic violence model" didn't take into account the true complexity of older victims' problems, were definitely an impetus, recalled board member Barb Doherty. "We realized the two systems were "passing each other in the night. . . .[We knew we needed] to quit playing hot potato with our clients," she said.

Three years since, the organization has become a statewide resource for multidisciplinary training on domestic and sexual abuse in later life.

The organization has attracted membership and participation from all sectors throughout the state serving all seniors – domestic violence advocates, sexual assault advocates, adult protection, law enforcement, court personnel, health care providers, representatives from communities of color and tribal organizations, and community senior service providers.

The organization's goals are:

  • To provide community and statewide training and education on domestic/sexual elder abuse, including perpetrator accountability.
  • As the state clearinghouse on abuse in later life, to work cooperatively with all organizations and individuals in Minnesota who are providing services to seniors to form community partnerships to identify domestic abuse in later life and to advocate for, refer and support victims.
  • To promote change in systems and institutions so they can respond more effectively on behalf of domestic abuse victims in later life.

Major funding support for MNALL comes from two local foundations: the Bremer Foundation and the Women's Christian Association.

MNALL holds six to eight trainings a year in Minnesota, which are aimed at forming community partnerships to identify domestic/sexual abuse in later life and recognize the parallels and differences of Minnesota's Vulnerable Adult Act.

Each year's training focuses on a theme. This year's theme is "Building Partnerships with Marginalized and Underserved Communities," within Minnesota, among them rural, Asian, African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latina, and immigrant. The next training session will take place on May 8 in the city of Great Lakes, Minnesota.

MNALL co-founders Bernice Sisson, who is now in her eighties, and co-founder Char Thompson, now in her seventies, continue to play a vital role in facilitating support groups for older women.


Barb Doherty is the Senior Program Administrator for Adult Protective Services of Minnesota. Ms.Doherty can be reached at (651) 296-2770 or [email protected]

Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life
P.O. Box 130035
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-5311
[email protected]
mnall.org/index.htm


Cross-System Training: Abuse in Later Life

Here are some links to information and Web resources you may find helpful:
 
From a Web of Fear and Isolation to a Community Safety Net: Cross-Training on Abuse in Later Life
aging.state.pa.us/aging/cwp/view.asp?a=541&q=251282&PM=1
A cross-training curriculum created in 2001 for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Pennsylvania Department of Aging, based on a model created by Bonnie Brandl, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Jane Raymond, Advocacy and Protection Systems Developer for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services.
 
We Will Harbor You: The History of the Battered Women's Movement in Minnesota wewillharboryou.com/the_story.html
 
Battered Women and Abuse in Later Life - Power and Control Wheel mcbw.org/pdf/olderwomenwheel.pdf
 
Minnesota Coalition of Older Battered Women mcbw.org/
 
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) mincava.umn.edu/


Calendar/Coming Up

May is Older Americans Month
Photo Credit: U.S. Census Bureau
May Is Older Americans Month

On May 4, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is celebrating Older Americans Month with a "Celebrate Long-Term Living! Walk" on the National Mall in Washington, DC. AoA is encouraging organizations and groups around the country to schedule similar Celebrate Long-Term Living! events in their communities.

Older Americans Month 2005 Publicity Materials >> aoa.gov/press/oam/May_2005/Materials_Downloads.asp

Census Bureau Facts & Stats: Older Americans Month 2005 Observance census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/004210.html

To register your event, go to >> aoa.gov/press/oam/May_2005/Walk/oam_events/oam_gen_events/event_registration.asp

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"Mind Your Health"

2005 Mental Health Month

Join the fight for mental health this May and throughout the year. Visit the National Mental Health Association's Web site for community outreach resources nmha.org/may/index.cfm. One featured link of particular interest is:

Taking Care of an Aged Parent (English / Spanish)
http://www.nmha.org/may/TakingCareofanAgingParent.pdf

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Celebrate 2005 Older Americans' Mental Health Week

In conjunction with Mental Health Month, the Older Women's League (OWL) is sponsoring the third annual Older American's Month Week from May 22-28.

To find out more about older Americans' mental health needs, read OWL Executive Director Laurie Young's statement presented to the WHCoA Policy Committee at the recent National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging WHCoA Listening Session >> whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/meetings.asp#LS

For additional information visit the OWL Web site at >> owl-national.org/mentalhealthweek/links.html


Courses and Conferences

May 9-11
"Injury and Violence in America: Meeting Challenges, Sharing Solutions"

2005 National Injury Prevention and Control Conference
Adam's Mark Hotel
Denver, Colorado

An interdisciplinary conference for the injury and violence prevention community, sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the National Association of Injury Control Research Centers, and State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association.

Online registration >> cdc.gov/ncipc/2005conference/default.htm

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May 23-26
"Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation"

National Advocacy Center
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

Sponsored by the National District Attorneys Association, this course is geared to prosecutors who handle cases involving elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Online application form >> ndaa-apri.org/education/ndaa/nac_elder_abuse.html

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June 9-11, 2005
2005 National Mental Health Association Annual Conference

"Justice for All"
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the National Mental Health Association, featured speakers include Tom Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health and Jane Pauley, journalist and talk show host. There will be a special advocacy track on "Preparing for the Elder Boom: Advocating for New Geriatric Mental Health Policy." Other topics of interest include "Crisis Prevention Planning" and "Advancing Mental Health for Victims of Crime."

For more details >> nmha.org/annualconference/index.cfm

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Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Spring/Summer 2005 Training Workshops

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced that the 2005 Spring/Summer training calendar is now available. The trainings, to be held at locations across the United States in June and July 2005, aim to provide victim service professionals with tools to build their technical skills and enhance their knowledge of victim service issues.

OVC, through its Professional Development Scholarship Program, offers up to $1,000 in scholarship funds to qualified victim service providers for continuing education. Individuals as well as multidisciplinary teams of up to five individuals are encouraged to apply.

For more details >> ovcttac.org/taResources/scholarship.cfm

Register online >> ovcttac.org/calendar/training.cfm


NCEA News & Resources

Coming Soon...
Filling the Gaps: Adult Protective Services Resource Development

By Joanne Otto

After years of self-neglecting behavior, Jenny's house was filled with old newspapers and rags. The floors were rotting and there were mice everywhere. Unless it was deep cleaned and the vermin destroyed, the house would be condemned and Jenny, age 78, and her five dogs would be homeless.

Larry, a developmentally disabled man of 35, ran away from his sister's home where he was being neglected and abused. He left in the middle of the night, wearing only his underwear. He was placed in a supervised group home, but needed a basic wardrobe and some eyeglasses immediately.

These people and vignettes are just two out of many stories about Adult Protective Services (APS) clients who have emergency needs. Unfortunately, most APS programs do not have funds or in-kind resources available to meet them.

With the assistance of the APS program in Georgia, the National Adult Protective Services Association, a partner in the NCEA, has developed a training module highlighting effective strategies for finding and developing these resources. The five and a half hour training provides information on how to tell victims' stories effectively and describe their needs, where to look for emergency resources, the steps necessary to secure funds and in-kind donations, and how to administer an emergency resource program.

The training module includes a PowerPoint presentation, sample forms, video, short lectures, and a number of interactive exercises. The material is designed so that someone with no background in APS could provide the training comfortably.

This new training module will be released very soon. Watch for an announcement of its availability on the front page of the NCEA Web site elderabusecenter.org.


Joanne Otto is Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. You can contact her at [email protected].

Related Reading


Also Coming Soon . . .
CANE Bibliography Series:
"The Scope of Elder Abuse: Prevalence, Incidence and Estimates"

As a resource to the research, policy, and practice communities, this soon-to be-released bibliography in the CANE Bibliography Series highlights published research studies that have attempted to quantify elder abuse prevalence and incidence.

Some studies that are cited, such as the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (NCEA, 1998) are broad-scale studies, while others, such as "An Empirical Examination of the Characteristics, Consequences, and Causes of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes" (Payne and Cikovic, 1995), have a much narrower focus.

Stay tuned for an announcement of its release date on the Web.


More Tools & Resources

The NCEA and its partners are pleased to announce the release of three new publications:

  • NCEA Fact Sheet: "Elder Abuse Incidence and Prevalence"
    A "quick reference" for policy makers, scholars, media professionals, and others who are interested in statistical data on elder abuse, this fact sheet highlights some of the most widely used estimates of elder abuse prevalence today.
    Released in April 2005 by National Association of State Units on Aging

    To access, go to >> elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=nceapublications.cfm

  • "Analysis of State 2003 State Legislation Amending Adult Protective Services Laws"
    The National Center on Elder Abuse is pleased to provide a new service: an annual analysis of state legislation pertaining to Adult Protective Services (APS) laws. This first analysis summarizes amendments enacted in 2003. The 2004 APS Amendments analysis will be available soon.
    Released in March 2005 by ABA Commission on Law and Aging

    To access, go to >> elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=statelaws.cfm

  • "Recent Unpublished Research on Elder Abuse"
    This report spotlights research results of four informative studies on elder abuse (three are now in progress). Studies highlighted include: Tracking data on elder crimes in Oregon; Forecasting the need for guardians in Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Evaluation of an elder abuse education project in DuPage County, Illinois; Impact of victim counseling program in San Francisco, California.
    Released in March 2005 by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

    To access, go to > > elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=nceapublications.cfm

Forging New Partnerships and Alliances: MOUs/MOAs

A reminder to send in examples of your collaborative agreements related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation!

To help stimulate new ideas and new alliances, the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, as we announced last month, has established a database containing descriptions of formal inter-institutional agreements being created around the country. If you wish to review actual MOUs/MOAs, contact information is provided. Here are some examples of what you'll find:

  • Seminole County, Florida – Memorandum of agreement between Seminole County Sheriff's Office, County Law Enforcement Agencies, Department of Children and Families, Adult Protective Services and Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit
  • State of Maine – Working Agreement between the Maine Bureau of Elder Affairs and Adult Services and Investigation Division of the Department of the Attorney General
  • State of New Mexico – Protocol for Joint Investigation of Health Facilities Between New Mexico Department of Health, Department of Children, Youth and Families, Department of Human Services, and Department of Aging and Long Term Care
  • Memorandum of understanding (template) from the State of Wisconsin – Sample MOU between a County Lead Elder Abuse Agency and a Local/County Law Enforcement Agency

A joint initiative of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, the Elder Abuse MOU/MOA database is housed at >> db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp

Share Your Work with Us

Please e-mail your agreements to the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly [email protected] or fax (302) 831-6081 Attn: CANE. If you cannot transmit them electronically, please send them by mail to:

Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
211 Alison Hall West
Department of Consumer Studies
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Merriman-Nai, CANE reference specialist, at (302) 831-3525.


Join Our Listserve

Sign up today for
The National Center
On Elder Abuse Listserve.

See our Web site for details.
http://www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=listserve.cfm


On the Front Lines

Minnesota Facts & Stats1

Article:

  • In Minnesota all reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment are taken through a Common Entry Point (CEP) designated by each county board.
  • Statewide, 8,434 reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment involving adults age 65 and over were reported in 2003. The most common allegation was neglect (3,760). Abuse concerns were reported in 1,826 cases, self-neglect in 1,607 cases, and financial exploitation in 1,259 cases.
  • Forty-three percent of reported incidents involved a need for adult protective services.
  • In cases of financial exploitation, 269 of the suspected offenders had fiduciary responsibility; 651 had no fiduciary responsibility.
  • Approximately 28% of reported maltreatment in 2003 involved suspected criminal activity. Of these cases, 108 involved a sexual assault.

SOURCE: Asher, Bev. (2005) "2003 CEP Counts-Main Information." St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Aging & Adult Services.

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.


Minnesota Online Resources

AGENCY SOURCES

Minnesota Board on Aging mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/elderabuse.html

Adult Protective Services Unit dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/aging/documents/pub/dhs_id_005710.hcsp

Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/ooom.html

Statewide Common Entry Point Directory for Reporting Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/cepd.html

Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing
dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/business_partners/documents/pub/DHS_id_008627.hcsp
(Investigates allegations of maltreatment and conducts background studies on individuals who have direct contact with vulnerable adults in Department of Human Services licensed programs)

Minnesota Department of Health http://www.health.state.mn.us/

STATUTES

Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act:

REFERENCES & RESOURCES

MN Department of Human Services Social Services Manual: Adult Protective Services
dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/county_access/documents/pub/dhs_id_018787.pdf

Crisis Curriculum: A Mental Health Manual (Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2002)
dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/disabilities/documents/pub/dhs_id_005006.pdf

Translation Protocol: A Guide to Translating Materials for Limited English-Speaking Communities (Minnesota Department of Health, 2000) health.state.mn.us/communityeng/multicultural/translation.pdf
(Ethnic groups include: Arab, Bosnian, Cambodian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hmong, Laotian, Nuer, Oromo, Russian Jewish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese)


Trends & Statistics

Elder Crime and Victimization

  • On average, each year between 1992 and 1997, the elderly were victims of 165,000 non-lethal violent crimes including rape, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault. (Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000. Crimes Against Persons Age 65 or Older, 1992-1997. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.)
  • More than 33,000 people 60 and older were treated for non-fatal assault-related injuries (not including sexual assault) in emergency room departments in 2001. Assaults happened almost equally at home (25.9 percent) and in public places (27.5 percent). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 29, 2003. "Non-fatal Physical Assault-Related Injuries Among Persons Aged 60 Years Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments — United States, 2001." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 52(34): 812-816.)
  • Rates for persons aged 60 to 69 years were more than two times greater than those for the two older age categories (persons aged 70 to 79 and persons aged 80 and older). (Ibid.)
  • Compared with persons aged 20 to 59 years, a greater proportion of older assault victims were women, had fractures, and were hospitalized at the time of diagnosis. (Ibid.)
  • A recent analysis of nursing home inspections and complaint investigations from 1999 to 2000 revealed more than 9 percent (1,601 homes) were cited for causing actual harm or immediate jeopardy to residents. Over 30 percent (5,283 homes) were cited for an abuse violation that had the potential to cause harm. (U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, Special Investigations Division, Minority Staff. July 2001. Abuse of Residents Is a Major Problem in U.S. Nursing Homes.)

SOURCE: "Elder Crime and Victimization," National Crime Victim's Rights Week Resource Guide, January 2005 ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/2005/pg5h.html

Related Link

NCEA Fact Sheet: Elder Abuse Incidence and Prevalence (2005)
elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=nceapublications.cfm


Research & Scholarship

"Risk Factors for Potentially Harmful Informal Caregiver Behavior"

By Scott R. Beach, Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research [email protected], Richard Schultz, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and Center for Social and Urban Research, et al.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society / Vol. 53, No. 2 / February 2005

CONCLUSION
Potentially harmful caregiver behavior is more likely in spouse caregiving situations when care recipient has needs greater ADL/IADL needs for care and spouse who provides the care is more cognitively impaired, has more physical symptoms, and is at risk for clinical depression. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging.

DEFINITIONS:

"The Perceived Likelihood of Dental Hygienists to Report Abuse Before and After a Training Program"

By Marji Harmer-Beem, University of New England, Portland, Maine
Journal of Dental Hygiene / Vol. 79, No. 1 / Winter 2005

RESULTS
Of the subgroup having experience with reporting, over half knew all aspects of abuse. The entire group knew more about child abuse than elder abuse. Prior to training, 40 percent definitely knew that they would likely report abuse, 40 percent somewhat knew that they would likely report it, and 20 percent didn't know or said it would be unlikely that they would report. Only 5 percent stated that they definitely knew how to make a report before the training. After training, 100 percent reported that they would be likely to make a report, an overall increase of 60 percent. In the pre-survey, 60 percent said they did not know how to make a report, compared to 96 percent indicating in the post-survey that they knew how to make a report after training.

CONCLUSION
Survey results supported training to increase compliance with mandatory reporting. It is imperative for educators to include adequate information in dental and dental hygiene curricula for training in reporting abuse. It is also incumbent upon dental hygiene clinicians to identify their own educational needs and to seek out appropriate continuing education.


International Research
"Addressing Elder Abuse: Western Australian Case Study"

By Duncan Boldy, Freemasons Centre For Research into Aged Care Services, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, [email protected], et al
Australasian Journal on Ageing / Vol. 24, No. 1 / March 2005

This prevalence study sought to explore the extent of elder abuse in Western Australia and associated aspects, such as the relationship of the abuser to the victim, risk factors and desirable interventions, and current knowledge and use of relevant protocols. A questionnaire was mailed to 1,000+ organizations and 129 general practitioners asking them to identify any known or suspected cases of elder abuse encountered during the previous 6 months.

RESULTS:
The estimated prevalence of elder abuse was 0.58% (in individuals 60+ years). Females and those 75 years and older were more at risk than males or those younger. Financial abuse was the most common, and frequently more than one type of abuse was suffered by the same person. The main abusers were adult children or other relatives.

CONCLUSION
The importance of education targeted at professionals, the general public, and older people themselves was evident. Important direct interventions identified included respite care, advocacy, and counseling.


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].


Funding Opportunities

OVC Violence Against Older Women Education Project

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice invites applications for the development of a series of educational videotapes and discussion guides on domestic violence and/or sexual assault against older women for distribution to a wide range of professionals who work with or encounter victims of these crimes.

Award Amount: $350,000 FY 2005

GMS Registration Deadline: May 17, 2005

Application Deadline: May 31, 2005

Download RFP >> ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm


NIMH: Mental Health Consequences of Violence and Trauma

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for investigator-initiated research projects to enhance scientific understanding about the etiology of psychopathology related to violence and trauma, as well as studies to develop and test effective treatments, services, and prevention strategies in this area.

Specific areas of concern at the NIMH are: Acute reactions to trauma; risk for psychopathology; translation of basic behavioral and neuroscience findings on resiliency and risk for intervention development and testing; and strategies for effective service provision, particularly where non-specialty systems (i.e., primary care) may be required to provide mental health services.

Populations of concern include children, youth, adults, the elderly, men and women, and all racial and ethnic groups.

Due Date for Applications: Multiple receipt dates. See announcement.

Download RFP >> grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-075.html


National Institute of Justice: Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice – invites applications from doctoral candidates for fellowship consideration. The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship program provides dissertation research support to outstanding doctoral candidates undertaking independent research on issues of crime and justice. Students from any academic discipline are encouraged to apply and propose original research that has direct implications for criminal justice.

The 2005 priority topic areas include law enforcement/policing; justice systems; courts, prosecution, and defense; corrections; offender programs and treatment; crime prevention/causes of crime; violence and victimization, including violent crimes; drugs, alcohol, and crime; international crime and justice; and evaluation research.

Award Amount: $20,000 stipend (NIJ anticipates up to 10 awards will be made)

Application Deadline: September 15, 2005

Download RFP >> ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm


Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Announces 2005 State Scholarship Support

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has announced the availability of scholarship assistance for agencies and organizations sponsoring state conferences that focus on enhancing services to victims of crime. The State Crime Victim/Survivor Scholarship Program, administered by OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC), will help fund scholarships for eligible victims/survivors of crime to attend these conferences.

Award Amount: Maximum $10,000 per state in any given year

Application Deadline: At least 60 days before scheduled event

To apply, contact TTAC at 1 (866) 682-8822 or [email protected]

Learn more >> ovcttac.org/taResources/State_scholarship.cfm


IN BRIEF

Call for Papers: American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2006 Annual Meeting

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2006 Annual Meeting Program Committee invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for the 2006 meeting to be held March 10-13 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The 2006 meeting theme, "Exploring a New World: Current Research, Future Impact," aims to explore the constantly changing nature of research and the impact it will have on the retiring baby boom generation.

DEADLINE:

  • Symposium submissions are due by June 1, 2005.
  • Paper and poster abstracts are due by September 15, 2005.

For more information, visit >> AAGPmeeting.org


Free Brochures for Crime Victims and Their Loved Ones

Witness Justice, a national nonprofit organization assisting victims of violent crime, has just published two new brochures that offer helpful and very thoughtful advice for victims and their loved ones. The brochures are available to the public free online at >>

Witness Justice was co-founded in November 2001 by Helga West, a survivor of attempted murder, and Randy West, a domestic violence survivor.


Online! Elder Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Victim
Training for Law Enforcement

In 2002, the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) a grant to develop training for law enforcement officers on elder sexual assault. FCASV developed a daylong training curriculum and successfully piloted it in the Tampa and Lake City areas. These pilot projects were marketed and coordinated by project partners APPLE services of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the North Central Florida Sexual Assault Center in Lake City.

The new curriculum covers topics such as recognizing, responding to, and investigating elder sexual assault. The training is interactive, and case studies based on real crimes are used to give the officers practice in applying the information they learn.

Although targeted at a law enforcement audience, "Elder Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Victim" can be modified and shortened for sexual violence programs or for other audiences in the allied professions. The curriculum includes a trainer's guide, a participant's guide, and PowerPoint presentations.

Access the materials and download by following this link >> fcasv.org/elderlaw.htm

For more information, contact:
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
1311-A Paul Russell Road, Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 297-2000 or 1 (888) 956-7273 Toll Free
[email protected]
fcasv.org


May is Older Americans Month
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"There were 35.9 million people 65 and over in the United States on July 1, 2003.The population of this age group is expected to reach 86.7 million in the year 2050."
—U.S. Census Bureau, 2005

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April 2005
Volume 7, No. 6
Sara Aravanis, Director
Susan Coombs Ficke, Contributing Writer/Editor

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